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Falana’s petition: ICC Promises Action

Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN
Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN
The International criminal Court (ICC), Monday, promised to give consideration to the petition submitted to the Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN over alleged crimes against humanity committed in the context of the arms procurement scandal.
The confirmation was revealed by the Head of Information & Evidence Unit of the ICC, Mark P. Dillon via a letter dated 1 February 2016 with reference: OTP-CR-32/16.
In the letter, ICC wrote “The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter. This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”
It would be recalled that recently Falana had in a petition requested the ICC to “investigate allegations of crimes against humanity committed against the Nigerian people by some former and serving military as well public officials and private persons who engaged in the criminal diversion of $8 billion earmarked to procure equipment for the armed forces to fight insurgency”
Falana then asked the ICC Prosecutor to “urgently commence an investigation proprio motuon the allegations of the criminal diversion of the security fund of $2.1 billion and N643 billion earmarked by suspected perpetrators, with a view to determining whether these amount to crimes against humanity within the Court’s jurisdiction. In this respect, I also urge you to invite representatives of the Nigerian government to provide written or oral testimony at the seat of the Court, so that the Prosecutor is able to conclude on the basis of available information whether there is a reasonable basis for an investigation, and to submit a request to the Pre-Trial Chamber for authorization of an investigation.
“Bring to justice those suspected to bear full responsibility for deliberate under funding of the armed forces through widespread and systematic corruption in Nigeria; and urge the Nigerian government to fulfill its obligations under the Rome Statute to cooperate with the ICC; including complying with your requests to arrest and surrender suspected perpetrators of the criminal diversion of security fund, testimony, and provide other support to the ICC”.

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