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

- Olufemi Olaniyi, Ibadan

THe Internatio­nal Criminal Court said it had received the petition written against the President, major General muhammadu Buhari (retd); 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.

Apart from Akintoye and Igboho, some other Yoruba who signed the petition are the Chief Imam of Yoruba in Ilorin, Kwara State, Sheikh Raheem Aduranigba; leader of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, Chief Simisade Kuku; leader of the Yoruba Strategy Alliance, Babatunde Omololu; General Secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua, George Akinola, and 44 others.

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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