The South East Caucus in the Senate has called on Federal Government to constitute a judicial panel of inquiry into the murder of about 150 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
A statement by Chairman of the caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in Abuja on Thursday said the Amnesty International report, which painted a very chilling picture of the brutal killing by the Nigerian Army is not only embarrassing to the country, but one that cast doubts on the operational modus of the military in handling civil protest in a constitutional democracy
Abaribe said that the caucus resolved to insist that the reported killings must be investigated and those found culpable made to face the law.
Amnesty International had in a report it issued on Wednesday said that an analysis of 87 videos, 122 photographs and 146 eyewitness testimonies relating to demonstrations and other gathering between August 2015 and August 2016 consistently showed that the military fired live ammunition with little or no warning to disperse the crowd of IPOB members.
AI also claimed in the report that it also found evidence of mass extra-judicial executions by security forces, including at least 60 people shot dead in the space of two days in connection with events to mark Biafra Remembrance Day.
Abaribe said in the report,”It is not enough for the Nigeria military to debunk the report, we as a caucus demand an independent inquiry in the mould of a Judicial Panel and urgently too.
“It is our candid view that such panel would reassure the Igbo that the Federal Government is alive to its responsibilities one of which is the protection and respect of the fundamental rights of all people irrespective of tribe or religion.
“Unraveling the authenticity of the report would help to prevent a reoccurrence just as it will engender unity in our country.
“But the most important to us now is that the report must be probed and those implicated must be made to face justice.”