The Action Congress of Nigeria on Thursday said the killing of 185 people in Baga, Borno State, would constitute crimes against humanity if the Federal Government failed to prosecute the perpetrators.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party also said besides instituting a judicial commission of inquiry into the massacre, it was time to hold leaders, under whose watch these killings were perpetrated, accountable.
It said the killings in Baga, like previous ones where Boko Haram and the Military Joint Task Force had clashed, pointed to a systematic attack against a civilian population.
Noting that the act needed the attention of the International Criminal Court, the ACN said those engaged in the killings, including the Boko Haram sect, “cannot and must not get away with these heinous crimes”.
The party said the only reason why arbitrary killings had continued unabated in the country was that such act in the past, either in Odi, Bayelsa State or in Zaki-Biam, Benue State, went unpunished.
The Action Congress of Nigeria said, “Enough is enough! Even in countries at war, either insurgents or state forces are not daily mowing innocent citizens to death, as we are experiencing in Nigeria. It is clear that the Nigerian government is either unwilling or unable to prosecute these crimes.
The party also blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for the Baga killings, saying he could not “distinguish between support for security agencies battling the insurgents and the incitement of the same forces against civilians who are caught in the crossfire”.