By Paul Dada
President Muhammadu Buhari may be prosecuted for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court if a team of Nigerian lawyers succeeds in getting the world’s tribunal to indict him.
A human rights lawyer and public affairs analyst, Ikechukuwu Ikeji, told WESTERN POST that he and some colleagues were making plans to drag Buhari’s government to the ICC over the killing and maiming of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba on February 9th, this year.
Men of the Nigerian military were said to have shot 10 IPOB members dead and injured 30 others, when they were holding a prayer session at a school in the city.
The alleged killing and maiming of defenceless IPOB members, have since generated heated controversy in the country.
“Personally, I am convinced that what happened in Aba on February 9 was a clear case of crime against humanity. Unfortunately, Nigerian media either refused to report it in details or did not even report it,” said Ikeji who is well known for criticising Buhari’s government on radio and television programmes, and on the social media.
When asked whether he was representing IPOB, Ikeji answered in the negative.
“I am not representing IPOB. I don’t even know any of them. We are a group of lawyers,” he stated.
He, however, said the details of their plans were still sketchy, implying that the details would be made public when they finalised the plans.
If ICC eventually indicts Buhari, he would be joining other African leaders like Laurent Gbagbo, Joseph Korny, Uhuru Kenyatta, among others in the black book of the world court.