- A lawyer has filed a criminal compliant against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
- The complaint was filed on behalf of the Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative (MNBI) at the International Criminal Court in Hague
- According to the complaint, Kanu should be arrested and prosecuted by the ICC for issuing threats against Nigerian leaders abroad
A criminal complaint has been lodged against the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the International Criminal Court in Hague.
In the complaint, the ICC was also asked to, order the arrest and prosecution of Kanu.
Thomas Carroll of GAYLORD POPP, LLC, acting on behalf of the Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative (MNBI), in the criminal complaint dated Monday, September 2, said the IPOB issued a threat to attack President Mohammadu Buhari, during his visit to Japan to attend the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, holding in the city of Yokohama, Japan from August 28 to 30, 2019.
According to MNBI, apart from the recent physical attack carried out by the group against former deputy Senate president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, by IPOB in Nuremberg, Germany, acting on the orders of the accused, similar threats have also been issued against the five south east governors, including Governors David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Willie Obiano of Anambra state.
The suit also said that the IPOB put on notice Ndigbo leaders such as the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, whom it accused of supporting “Operation Python Dance” which was launched by the Nigerian Army in the south east in 2016.
In the criminal complaint, MNBI prayed the court for the following request: "That the ICC prosecutor opens an investigation of the accused on her own accord under Article 15 (1) of the Rome Statute;
"That the ICC prosecutor also formally “submit to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC a request for authorization of an investigation” of the Accused under Article 15 (3) of the Rome Statute;
"That the ICC prosecutor obtain International arrest warrant for the accused from the ICC in accordance with Articles 58 (1) (a), 58 (1) (b) (i), 58 (1) (b) (ii) and 58 (1) (b) (iii) and proceed to arrest the accused from wherever he is hiding so he can face their trial," the complaint said.
The complaint also prayed the ICC prosecutor to compel the accused upon conviction under the Rome Statute to pay the sum of $1,000,000,000 (One Billion US Dollars) as punitive damages for causing death, injury and maiming of several Nigerians through his acts of terrorism.
"That the ICC prosecutor compels the British Government to expeditiously begin the process of cancelling the citizenship of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, entering an Exclusion Decision and or Order barring him from all territories of the United Kingdom so he can return to Nigeria and face his treasonable felony trial pending before Honourable Justice (Mrs.) Binta Nyako sitting at the Federal High Court, Abuja," the complaint said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some of the Igbo people in Germany have condemned the attack on the former deputy Senate president by some alleged members of the IPOB.
The Ndi-Igbo Germany said the attack on the former deputy Senate president by some Nigerians in Nuremberg is shocking.
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