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Threat on Ndigbo: ICC begins probe of Oba of Lagos

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Emmanuel Ikechukwu
Reports reaching our news desk indicate that the International Criminal Court (ICC) may have commenced investigation on the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, for allegedly threatening to sink the Igbo residing in Lagos State into the lagoon, if they failed to vote for the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) dur­ing the April 11, 2015 gover­norship election in the state.

Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, had petitioned the ICC over the Oba's alleged threat and urged the world jury to in­vestigate the threat and bring the monarch to justice for conceiving to annihilate the Igbo race over election mat­ters.

The ICC had earlier in the year, acknowledged re­ceipt of Onoh's petition and promised to give consider­ation to his request.

In the second corre­spondence to Onoh, with reference number OTP-CR-140/15, and dated Au­gust 13, 2015, ICC's Head of Information and Evi­dence Unit in the office of the prosecutor, M. P. Dillion, said they were analyzing the situation identified in the petition, with the assistance of other related communi­cations and other available information.

Part of the ICC's latest letter to Onoh read: “Un­der Article 53 of the Rome Statute, the prosecutor must consider whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that crimes within the ju­risdiction of the court have been committed, the grav­ity of the crimes, whether national systems are inves­tigating and prosecuting the relevant crimes, and the in­terests of justice.”

The Oba of Lagos was reported to have threatened to throw the Igbo into Lagos lagoon, if they failed to vote for the governorship candi­date of the APC, Akinwumi Ambode, and Onoh vowed to present Oba Akiolu's threat before the ICC and subsequently made real his vow through a petition dat­ed April 21, 2015.

Acknowledging receipt of the petition, the ICC Head of Information and Evidence Unit, Dillon, had said: “This communication has been duly entered in the communications register of the office.”

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