The Nigerian Army has been dragged before the International Criminal Court of justice, by the Islamic Movement of Nigeria -Nigerian Shiites- over allegation of genocide.
Over 300 Shiite Muslims were reported to have been killed by Nigerian troops between December 12 and 13, when the army destroyed the headquarters of the sect and arrested the leader of the movement, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
Zakzaky, who sustained gunshot wounds at the time of the incident, has been in the custody of Nigeria’s security services since his arrest.
According to the spokesman of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, the case before the ICC was filed on behalf of the IMN by the Islamic Human Right Commission, IHRC, Commission based in London.
He revealed this on Monday, at a briefing to mark the 100th day of the clash between the Islamic sect and the Nigeria Army.
Musa quoted the IHRC to have stated that: “The crimes committed between December 12th and 14th, 2015 in Zaria, Kaduna State, by the Nigerian army amount to crimes against humanity. The crimes committed by the Nigerian army meet all the necessary legal requirements to warrant a preliminary investigation by the ICC prosecutor.”