Yoruba Nation Agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, Leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye and other 49 Yoruba Self-Determined 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 to 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, Abdulahi Gana Muhammadu.
In the 27-page petition filed 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 offences such as mass killing of the members of the petitioners’ group; causing serious bodily and mental harm to members of the group; purposefully causing damaging conditions on the group estimated to bring about physical destruction in the lifetime.
The ICC has officially received 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.