A criminal complaint has been filed against the leader of the
proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the
International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, asking the ICC to
order Kanu’s arrest and prosecution.
Thomas Carroll of Gaylord Popp, LLC, acting on behalf of the
Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative (MNBI), in the
criminal complaint dated September 2, 2019, said IPOB issued a threat
to attack President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to Japan.
In the criminal complaint, MNBI prayed, “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.
“That the ICC prosecutor compels the accused upon conviction under the
Rome Statute to pay the sum of $1,000,000,000 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
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 Justice Binta
Nyako sitting at a federal high court, Abuja.”
According to MNBI, apart from IPOB’s attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu
in Nuremberg, Germany, acting on the orders of Kanu, similar threats
were issued against the five south-east governors (David Umahi of
Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Willie
Obiano of Anambra).