ICC considers Buhari, Malami, others’ probe over Yoruba Nation petition

The International Criminal Court said it had received the petition written against President Muhammadu Buhari; the Attorney-General of Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN); a former Chief of Army Staff, Gen Tukur Buratai; and former Inspectors-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Muhammed Adamu.

The leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye; Yoruba Nation activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho; and 49 other Yoruba self-determination groups had signed the petition detailing allegations of genocide and other crimes, which was submitted to the ICC.

The Communication Secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, said in a statement on Wednesday that the ICC notified the group on Tuesday that it had received the petition and would notify it when investigation would begin into the allegations.

The Yoruba self-determination agitators had in the petition filed at the ICC by their lawyer, Aderemilekun Omojola, accused the Nigerian leaders of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Yoruba people of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Kogi and Kwara states.

The ICC in a letter to the petitioners’ lawyer by the Head of Information and Evidence Unit, Office of the Prosecutor, Mr Mark P. Dilon, said the court had received the petition and investigation would soon commence into the allegations.

The letter read, “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.”

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