ICC acknowledges petition against Buhari, others
Yoruba Nation agitators, Chief Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho, Leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, and over 49 other people have filed a 27-page petition against President Muhammadu Buhari at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The petition was also against the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; and former Inspectors General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Muhammed Adamu.accused Nigerian authorities of committing crimes against humanity and genocide against the Yoruba people of Southwestern Nigeria.
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.
The 27-page petition also accused Buhari, Malami, Buratai, and others of genocide offences such as killing members of the petitioners 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’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor, Mr Mark P. Dilon, on Tuesday, sent a letter to the petitioners’ lawyer saying the “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.
“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,” he added.