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Ambassadorial Nomination: PDP Rejects Moves to Shield Ex-Service Chiefs from Investigation

Ambassadorial Nomination: PDP Rejects Moves to Shield Ex-Service Chiefs from Investigation

The Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the nomination of the former service chiefs as non-career ambassadors.

In a statement the national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said the nomination is a decoy to shield the immediate past service chiefs from investigations over alleged killing of innocent Nigerians and crimes against humanity under their inglorious watch.

PDP spokesman charged the Senate to eschew all partisan considerations and stand on the side of the people, particularly the victims of the atrocious regime of the ex-service chiefs by outrightly rejecting the demand by President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm them as ambassadors.  

He described the nomination as sacrilegious and a horrible assault on the sensibility of Nigerians that the APC government is seeking to use ambassadorial appointments as a desperate measure to secure diplomatic immunity for the former commanders and protect them from investigation, arrest and possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the atrocities committed against innocent Nigerians under their command.

The PDP asserts that appointing the former service chiefs as ambassadors would confer diplomatic immunity on them and provide them a route for escape. 

He said is shocking that instead of allowing the former service chiefs to answer for the alleged crime against humanity under their command including reported cases of extra-judicial execution, killing of unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, rape, illegal arrest as well as detention and torture of innocent Nigerians, the APC administration is rather plotting their escape. 

He said the accused service chiefs must not be allowed to use diplomatic immunity to escape investigation and possible prosecution for the killing of unarmed EndSARS protester at Lekki Toll gate and other parts of the country as well as the hundreds of civilians reportedly killed by soldiers in the Zaria massacre.

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