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Group wants Obasanjo, Danjuma, others barred from U.S., UK over Odi, Zaki Biam massacres


Olusegun Obasanjo

The United States (U.S.), United Kingdom (UK) and others have been asked to restrict entry for former President Olusegun Obasanjo and erstwhile Minister of Defence T.Y. Danjuma as a consequence for their alleged involvement in mass killings and detention of innocent citizens when they held sway.

A group, Policing Nigeria Awareness Initiative, in a letter to the embassies of the U.S., UK and others, specifically pointed out the massacre of innocent Nigerians in Zaki Biam, Benue State and Odi area of Bayelsa State during the Obasanjo-led administration.

The letter, signed by Executive Director of the group, High Chief Egbe Akparakwu, and obtained by The Guardian yesterday, alleged that under the Obasanjo administration and with T.Y. Danjuma as Minister of Defence, Nigeria experienced arbitrary detention and killing of innocent Nigerians under various guises.

The group, in the letter, made reference to a revelation by former associate of Obasanjo, Mr. Richard Odusanya, who alleged that the former chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees was in charge of a killer squad that was formed under the military regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha.

According to Odusanya, the squad was used for political assassinations and was responsible for the unresolved killings of politicians.

“As a flashback, during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo in October 2001, the then Minister of Defence, T.Y. Danjuma, ordered the military invasion of a community in Benue State, where thousands of people were killed and burnt beyond recognition. These innocent persons, including women and children, no doubt share the same faith with T.Y. Danjuma.

“In 1999, over 2,500 civilians were killed by the military under T.Y. Danjuma in Odi town in Bayelsa State. Odi is another predominant Christian community in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria with a less than one per cent of the people as Muslims.”

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