*Who Is Investigating The Mass Graves Found In Kaduna?*

Source: pointblanknews.com

Mass graves were reported found in Kaduna, location of the recent military

action against the Islamic Movement. On February 6th “activists” found a

mass burial ground at Mando Kaduna cemetery along the Birnin Gwari road

near Hajj camp, that had been ploughed by caterpillars. They said it

contained some of the bodies of movement victims that had been killed by

what has been regarded as an overhanded military “honour killing” reaction.

When mass graves are found, it is a humanitarian alarm and trigger for

immediate investigation. But frankly, who will investigate these mass

graves when the suspected perpetrators are the State and Nigerian army?

The Nigerian Attorney General Malami has refused to open an investigation

into the happenings of last December. Nigeria has left it to the implicated

State government and Nigerian army to investigate themselves. The Kaduna

State government has been accused of exhuming bodies at the Darur Rahma

burial ground. Decayed carcasses from that burial ground were transported

and dumped somewhere, perhaps also in the discovered location at the Mando

A list of 705 missing victims has been released. The corpses in the mass

burial ground need to be forensically studied to see if they are remains of

some of the missing Muslim victims. The families have also stated their

right to properly burry their lost loved ones according to Muslim rights.

These bodies were simply dumped there in very inhumane fashion.

Nigerian and the international human rights watch’s, the media and other

humanitarian conscious individuals are urged to urgently press for justice.

The Nigerian military must urgently come forward and confess on where it

dumped bodies if it did so, so they can be investigated before decay. The

Panel constituted by the Kaduna government is
a chair-and-table investigation panel at best and not an action panel. The

Nigerian police whose duty has been replaced by the army and now the Kaduna

panel needs to recognize its responsibilities in civil crises. Contrary to

the expressed opinion of Nigeria’s President during his media chat,

the police are meant to have opened an investigation into the events of

December 12-16th, investigating all parties and should have been the ones

to discover and investigate the alleged mass graves. They should start now

or they will be held to account for abandonment of their constitutional

There is urgent need for action as families are crying not knowing whether

their loved ones are dead or alive, and what can be worse?

Dr. Peregrino Brimah @EveryNigerian/
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