The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it will consider a petition filed by Yoruba Nation separatist agitator Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho; Banji Akintoye, leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, and 49 other Yoruba self-determination groups against Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Other key officials the 27-page petition was filed against include Attorney general of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; a former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Inspectors-general of police, Ibrahim Idris and Muhammad Adamu, and some other key government officials.
The Yoruba nation agitators are demanding the secession of the southwestern states from Nigeria and is in tune with the demands of the governors of the region.
“In Nigeria, there are ongoing violations of Human Rights, as expressed specifically in the Rome Statute, being perpetrated against the Yoruba People, particularly genocide under Article 6, and Crimes Against Humanity under Article 7, of the Rome Statute,” the petition read in part.
“As Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute, pursuant to Article 12.1, the precondition to the Court’s exercise of jurisdiction exists, we, therefore, urge the honorable Prosecutor to: act pursuant to Article 15.2, initiate the Court’s investigation pursuant to Article 15.3, and urge this honorable Court to exercise its jurisdiction, pursuant to Article 13(c), without limitation to the accused persons listed on page two of this communique, in connection with the foregoing allegations.”
Mark Dilon, ICC head of information and evidence unit of the office of the prosecutor, while acknowledging the receipt of the petition said the international court will give consideration to the proposal as appropriate.
“This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office,” Dilon said in a letter to the petitioners’ lawyer.
“We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
“As soon as a decision is reached to formally commence investigation into this petition, we will inform you, in writing, and provide you, with reasons for this decision.”
By Abel Ejikeme