Yoruba rights activist and freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, and 50 others including the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye on Wednesday, dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged genocide and crimes against humanity.
Others dragged before the international court alongside Buhari include 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.
According to the petition which has been acknowledged by the court, Buhari and those listed have committed crimes against the Yoruba People of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Okun Land in Kogi, and Kwara States respectively.
The 27-page petition was filed by several leaders of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups and submitted at the ICC on their behalf by their lawyer, Aderemilekun Omojola.
Akintoye’s manager, Maxwell Adeleye in a statement revealed that those that signed the petition alongside Igboho and Akintoye includes the Chief 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.
While acknowledging that the court has received the petition, 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,” Dilon added.