The International Criminal Court, (ICC) has acknowledged a 27-page petition filed by Yoruba Nation agitators.
The ICC’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor, Mr Mark P. Dilon, sent a response letter to the petitioners’ lawyer on Tuesday which read, “This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office”.
“We will consider this communication, as appropriate, by 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.”
The petition was signed by the following Yoruba Nation Agitators; Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye; the Leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Yoruba Activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho; and other 49 Yoruba Self-Determination Groups.
Others who signed the petition are the Imam of Yoruba in Ilorin, Kwara State, Shielk Raheem Aduranigba; Leader of Obinrin Oodua Agbaye, Chief Simisade Kuku; Leader of Yoruba Strategy Alliance, Babatunde Omololu; General Secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua, George Akinola, and 44 others.
The petition was filed against the President of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN; former Inspectors General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and Muhammed Adamu.
The petition was also against other government officials including 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 Commandant-General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu.
The Yoruba Nation agitators, in the petition, accused the Nigerian leaders and Top security chiefs of genocide and crimes against humanity and the Yoruba people of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Okun Land in Kogi, and Kwara states respectively.
The petition accused Buhari, Malami, Buratai, and others of Genocide offences such as killing members of the petitioner’s 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.
Akintoye, in a statement by his Communications Manager, Mr Maxwell Adeleye, added, “We Yoruba people must now move forward to accomplish our Yoruba nation’s self-determination by holding a referendum. (Voting for a candidate)
He added “I want the Yoruba Republic separate from Nigeria. Each voter will be able to vote yes or no. That is the Yoruba nation referendum.