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Nigerian police whose duty has been replaced by the army and now the Kaduna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