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Just In: Yoruba Nation agitators drag Buhari, 11 others before International Court

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following several attacks across Southwest region allegedly law enforcement agencies, the Yoruba Nation agitators have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and five other current and former public officeholders before the International Criminal Court (ICC) sitting in Hague, Netherlands for aiding genocide and other crimes against the Yoruba People within the region.

The petition filed by the agitators to draw the attention of the world on alleged attacks on indigenes of Southwest received and acknowledged by the court was confirmed to have been sent to the petitioners.

Others included in the petition by the agitators include the Minister of Justice and Antoney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and former Inspectors General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Muhammed Adamu.

Also included in the suit were: Nigerian Government Leaders petitioned are Comptroller General of Customs, Hammid Alli, Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba, Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya, former Chief of Airforce, 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 Muhammadu.

In the 27-page petition filed by the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Yoruba Activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho and other 49 Yoruba Self-Determination Groups the president and the 11 others of Genocide offences.

They alleged that the accused were involved in the killing of their members; 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 petitioners further Buhari and the 11 others of Crimes against Humanity, such as murder, forcible transfer of population, Torture, Rape, Sexual Slavery, and other forms of Sexual Violence of comparable gravity.

According to them, the Nigerian Leaders were accused of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity against the Yoruba People of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Okun Land in Kogi, and Kwara States respectively.

Through the statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday by the Communications Manager to Akintoye, Maxwell Adeleye, disclosed that the petition was also signed by an International Lawyer, Aderemilekun Omojola, while others include the Chief Imam of Yoruba in Ilorin, Kwara State, Raheem Aduranigba, leader of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, Simisade Kuku, leader of Yoruba Strategy Alliance, Babatunde Omololu, General Secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua, George Akinola, and 44 others.

In a letter to the petitioners’ Lawyer, the ICC’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor, Mark P. Dilon, wrote that “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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