The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has told a civil rights activist, Comrade Albert Ella, who dragged it to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague that it is “ready to face his sponsor. President Muhammadu Buhari, at the court”.
Ella, had through his lawyer, Edward Omaga (Esq) of Graylaw Solicitors in Abuja, accused IPOB members and its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu, of committing grave crimes against humanity over the alleged killing of five herdsmen in Abia, same allegation made by the Department of State Services (DSS).
IPOB, in a response to the media report of the litigation instituted against it by the man it described as “self-styled activist”, said Ella was only being used by Buhari to attempt to label the pro-Biafra group as a terrorist organisation.
According to a press statement signed by the group’s spokespersons, Emma Nmezu and Clifford Iroanya, the latest development would expose those behind the plot to incriminate Kanu.
The statement read in part: “We are filled with joy on hearing the news that a nondescript and obscure civil rights activist obviously sponsored by Muhammadu Buhari has dragged us to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.
“We are praying fervently that this news is actually true and not just fiction. We, IPOB, wholeheartedly welcome this weak and laughable attempt to justify the continued illegal detention of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by purportedly charging him to ICC.
“We hope that Buhari and his DSS with their fake human rights activist remembered to include Kuje Prisons in Abuja as the address for service.
“We are pleading with the ICC to expedite their investigations into this matter in order to showcase the brainlessness of our persecutors.
“The instigators of this distraction underestimate the capacity of IPOB to utilize this charade to expose the absurdity that is the Nigerian government before the international community.
“We hope that Buhari and his DSS, Army, Police and Navy will also publicly welcome the ongoing ICC investigations into the atrocities perpetrated under this administration”.
IPOB said that the case was an open admission by the Federal Government that the Nigerian judicial system was weak, adding that it had instructed its lawyers in Amsterdam, Netherlands to convey its willingness to stand trial over the allegation and to enable it disgrace the Federal Government for its evil and wickedness.
“By seeking the interference of the ICC in this matter, Buhari and his agents have at least acknowledged that the Nigerian judiciary is a mess,” it stated.