A criminal complaint has been filed at the International Criminal Court in The Hague against members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, following the shocking revelation by the Department of State Services, DSS, that five persons of Hausa-Fulani extraction were abducted, killed and buried in shallow graves, amidst 50 other unidentified persons at Isuikwato Local Government Area of Abia State.
In the complaint before the ICC, obtained by Nigerian Pilot, a civil rights activist, Comrade Albert Ella, through his lawyer, Edward Omaga Esq of Graylaw Solicitors, accused IPOB members and leader of committing grave crimes against humanity.
According to the complaint, records show that the said 50 unidentified persons whose dead bodies the DSS had exhumed but hidden for security reasons, were murdered by IPOB with the use of chemicals and other dangerous instruments against the Rome Statute.
The complainant averred that these unidentified persons who were also suspected to be of the Hausa-Fulani stock were entitled to right to life as guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and other international human rights instruments.
The complaint dated April 13, 2016, which was filed on April 19, 2016, at the ICC, has been acknowledged by Leigh Swigart, a senior trial attorney in the office of the prosecutor.
According to Omaga, the complaint seeks to expose the divisive and gruesome activities of IPOB in recent times while requesting the ICC, being the international court of last resort, to open investigation and prosecute Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other members of his group who claimed to be freedom fighters, since Nigerian courts are unwilling genuinely to bring them to book.
Mr. Wolfgang Bendler, a Germany-based legal practitioner on the list of counsel at the ICC, has been appointed to work full time on this case as international head of the legal team to be assisted by Mr. Omaga.
“We commiserate with families of those who lost their lives in the hands of IPOB and assure all well meaning Nigerians that justice devoid of political undertone is tenable.
“The end will soon come for all the purveyors of evil and iniquity in this country. We are not asking those who had associated with IPOB in the hope of using intellect and due process to pursue self-determination to forget their quest.
“However, it is now apparent that IPOB is no longer the vehicle for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra as vigorously sought by forefathers of the Igbo people.
“We look forward to obtaining justice for the sake of humanity at The Hague where it is settled that the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished.”

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