Yola – Following recent killings of indigenes of six Adamawa communities of Lawaru, Dong, Nzoruwe, Pulum, Kodomti and Shaforon in Demsa/Numan local government areas of the state, the communities have put in place machinaries to drag the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) to International Criminal Court (ICC).
The action of the affected communities is sequel to the bombings of their communities on December 4, 2018, when herdsmen launched an attack on them.
The communities accused the leadership of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) of human rights abuse , genocide and conspiracy with herdsmen to kill several people, destroy their valuables as well as displacing many including women and children from their ancestral homes in the affected local government areas.
Speaking on behalf of the six representatives of the affected communities at the conference hall of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the spokesman Mr. Lawrence Jocktan said “after thorough investigation they have decided to seek justice through legimate means by dragging NAF to ICC since the government is reluctant on the allegations raised on the issues by Amnesty International.
“The 4th December 2017 attacks have shown clear manifestation of complicity by government and security agencies.”
The communities lamented that the Numan attacks have thus become the first time in the history of Nigeria that Nigeria Airforce drones, helicopters and fighter jets provided aerial cover for Fulani terrorists (herdsmen) to kill many people and destroy property.
“The hidden narrative in this case is that the herders were avenging the killings of their kith and kin and so they should be ‘assisted’ with such unlawful excessive use of force for the Bwatiye communities to learn a bloody lessons”,Mr Jocktan stated.
According to him “it was a clear human rights abuse and genocide committed by the Nigerian Airforce over air raids on communities around Numan during clashes between farmers and herdsmen on December 4th 2017.”
However the Nigerian Air Force’s Director of public relations, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya had earlier denied any damage resulting from NAF air raids on the six communities which are around Numan.
However, NAF contrary to claims by Amnesty International and thecommunities that the EC 135 attack helicopter and an Alfa jet deployed to Numan in response to attacks by “hoodlums” on the area caused significant destruction against fleeing villagers, said this was not true as its aircraft neither set any of the villages on fire nor caused the deaths of any villager.
Jocktan while dismissing the response of NAF said it was a fabricated lie to cover up their tracks, adding that they only agreed with the reports of the Amnesty International on 30th January 2018 which said that the air raids of 4th December, 2017 on Lawaru, Dong, Kodomti, Nzuruwei and Shaforon caused “significant destructions.
“Although Amnesty International reported that ‘it was not possible to establish how much of the deaths and destruction cause by the direct result of the air attacks or attributable to the attack by herdsmen”.
But eye witnesses accounts and rockets remnants found in lawaru, Dong, Nzoruwe, Pulum, Shaforon, Kodomti and others after the raids clearly established the facts.
He promised to go to any length to ensure justice over the killings carried out by NAF against armless citizens being attacked by the NAF and the herdsmen.
The communities is also demanding from the Federal Government to as a matter of necessity to call for an international investigations to invest the conduct of NAF into the attacks, aimed at unveiling the mystery behind their involvement .
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