African Bar Association to intervene in the matter of Gross Human Rights Violations committed by members of the Nigerian Armed Forces in Sierra Leone

Lead Counsel representing the Victims, Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra Lead Counsel representing the Victims, Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra

Umbrella body of lawyers on African continent, the African Bar Association (AFBA) has swung into action on a petition accusing Nigeria Armed Forces (NAF) of abuse of rights of victims of war which broke out in Sierra Leone some 21 years ago.

Temple Garden Chambers, London had in the petition, requested AFBA’s assistance to investigate allegations of ‘gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity’ allegedly committed by NAF’s members as part of the ECOWAS Intervention Force (ECOMOG) drafted to intervene in civil conflict which engulfed Sierra Leone between 1997 and 2000.

Lead counsel representing some victims, Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra and Karim Khan (QC) urged AFBA to embark on a detailed investigation of the allegations with a view to assisting the victims get justice.

See below the Press Release from AFBA 


 The African Bar Association (AFBA) has received a very strong Petition from Lead Counsel representing the Victims, Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra regarding allegations of Gross Human Rights Violations and Crimes against humanity committed by members of the Nigerian Armed Forces as part of the ECOWAS Intervention Force (ECOMOG) drafted to intervene in the civil conflict that engulfed Sierra Leone between 1997 and 2000. The Petition is supported by compelling video evidence and witness testimony of summary executions, torture, cruel treatment, arbitrary detention and sexual abuse of Sierra Leonean civilians. Some of the violations included in the Petition were also featured in a public documentary “Cry Freetown” produced by Sorius Samura.

 AFBA expresses grave concern over these apparent serious violations against civilians. Given the gravity of the allegations and the extreme nature of suffering that has been allegedly inflicted on civilians, the AFBA has decided to intervene in this matter and consider various options of redress on behalf of the victims.

 AFBA assures the Victims and Lead Counsel that it will do everything possible to ensure Justice is done, if investigations confirm the said atrocities.


 Osa Director Esq.

 Special Adviser on Media & Publicity

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