The Ohanaeze Youth Council ( OYC) has strongly condemned the killing of Biafran protesters in Aba on Tuesday by security agents, describing it as an affront to democracy.
OYC also threatened to drag the Nigerian Army to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague to answer cases on crimes against humanity.
OYC in a statement issued yesterday in Umuahia tasked the military high command and the presidency to rein in their men to avoid plunging Nigeria into unnecessary civil unrest.
The statement signed by OYC National President, Okechukwu Isiguzoro; and Secretary, Okwu Nnabuike, read in part: “The Nigerian Army is crossing boundary by this relentless and unwarranted killings.
“Information at our disposal showed that the IPOB/MASSOB members were having a peaceful prayer with police permit at National High School, Aba for the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu when the Army suddenly swooped on them and started raining life bullets on them, killing many people and injuring others.
“The police also arrested their leaders and moved them to the cell. The Army High Command and the Presidency should rein in the elements in the Nigerian Army who want to put the nation on fire by the killing of innocent and unarmed citizens.
“The Nigerian Army by its action is trying to make itself candidates for the ICC at the Hague for crime against humanity.
“The Army should stop using life bullet on unarmed people. We do not live in a criminal state. President Buhari should do something now before it gets out of hand and plunge the nation into an avoidable conflict.
“While the Ohanaeze Youth Council is making spirited move to douse the tension arising over the trial of Nnamdi Kanu with its tour of the nation on peace and unity crusade, it will be a calamity for the Army to be putting fuel on the already burning fire. Enough of this disregard for human life.”