Patience Jonathan Dragged to ICC Over Political Killings


Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria’s Former First Lady has been mentioned in a petition demanding justice for political killings in Rivers state, according to Sahara Reporters.

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) petitioned International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Madam Amie Bensouda, to investigate, arrest and prosecute Dame Patience and other persons it believes are connected with the gruesome murders, grievous bodily harm and assault of indigenes of Rivers State during the 2015 general election in the State.

The wife of the former president, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, was fingered in misuse of state apparatuses and abuse of power during campaigns, resulting in the wanton killings and infliction of grievous bodily harm on several citizens in Rivers State.

Journalists on professional assignment were not spared in a wanton destruction of properties, disruption of campaigns and attack on human persons,” Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, spokesman of the group said.

The various criminal acts were perpetrated with the alleged support of Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of the former president.

The said onslaught was allegedly coordinated by AIG Mbu Joseph Mbu, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (then Commissioner of Police of Rivers State Command) and Deputy Commissioner of Police John Amadi, now posted to Nigerian Railways Corporation, Lagos (then the Deputy Commissioner of Operations in Rivers State).”

It was noted that the federal government is yet to show any concern to redress those affected.

Sadly, the Nigerian government has displayed nonchalant commitment to seeking redress for the victims and punishment for the perpetrators of the crimes.

More than 10 months after the election, no individual or group has been reportedly investigated, arrested or prosecuted for these grievous crimes,” said Mr. Suraju

It will be recalled that the defection of former Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and several other citizens of Rivers State from the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC), which was the then opposition party, triggered unprecedented threats, aggressions and a breakdown of law and order days leading to the election from both parties.

Federal might was then deployed to deal severely and ruthlessly with people considered to be in opposition.

Source: Sahara Reporters


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