July 18, 2021

Yoruba nation: Sunday Igboho, others file petition against President Buhari, Malami; ICC acknowledges

Yoruba Nation Agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, Leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye and other 49 Yoruba Self-Determination groups have filed a 27-page petition before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami, and others. Those dragged before the ICC are President Muhammadu Buhari; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami; former Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai and former Inspectors General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Muhammed Adamu. Others petitioned are Comptroller General of Customs, Hammid Alli; Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba; Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya; former Chief of Air Force, Sadiq Abubakar; former Commandant-General of NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Services, Mohammed Babandede and the Current Commandant-General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu. In the 27-page petition submitted at the ICC on behalf of Yoruba leaders by an International Lawyer, Aderemilekun Omojola, Esq, the petitioners accused President Buhari, Malami, Buratai, and others of genocide offenses such as killing members of the petitioner's group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction in whole or in part. The ICC has formally acknowledged receipt of the petition. In a letter to the petitioners’ Lawyer, the ICC’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor, Mr. Mark P. Dilon, wrote;
“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. “This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. “We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” the letter reads.
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