The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the setting up of an independent panel of inquiry to probe the alleged human rights violation in the South East by members of the Nigerian Military.
Equally, the main opposition party urged the military to recuse itself from investigating the matter, insisting that this is tantamount to being a judge in one’s own case.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo Adeyeye, on Thursday, demanded that the perpetrators be brought to book.
In a video that has gone viral, Nigerian soldiers were seen torturing unarmed individuals sympathetic to the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), with scores of dead bodies lying on the ground.
The statement was signed by Chinwe Nnorom, Head, Publicity Division of the party, on behalf of the National Publicity Secretary.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is appalled by the emergence of a video clip which has gone viral, that showed acts of humiliation against unarmed civilans by members of the Nigerian Military. That if true, it’s the depth of callousness and a further descent into the gutter by people who are paid to protect life, property as well as the country’s territorial integrity.
“The PDP believes that human life is sacrosanct and must be treated as such by all and sundry; the right to life and liberty as enshrined in our Constitution and other international conventions must therefore not only be respected and protected, but must be seen to be so.
“The PDP welcomed the iniative of the Nigerian Army’s probe on the issue but given the enormity of this allegation and the respect with which we hold life, the Party hereby calls for the setting up of an independent panel of experts on human rights to ascertain the veracity of this allegation. Where they are proven to be true, the PDP demands that all perpetrators as well as all those connected, however remotely, be immediately brought to justice,” the statement reads in part.
The statement pointed out that bringing the perpetrators to book would not only serve as a deterrent to others but also reassure the international community that Nigeria is not a jungle but a decent society where human rights are promoted.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja