The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acknowledged receipt of a petition against the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, by some concerned indigenes of Oyo town who allege he is involved in criminal activity.
The petition against the Alaafin was filed by Messrs Jacob Oluokun and Suleiman Ishola on behalf of some concerned indigenes of Oyo town, to ICC, asking it to investigate alleged human rights violations committed by him.
The ICC letter, which was signed by Head of Information and Evidence Unit, Office of the Prosecutor, M.P. Dillon, read, “On behalf of the prosecutor, I thank you for your communication received on 09/09/2015, as well as any subsequent related information.
“The office is analysing the situation identified in your communication, with the assistance of other related communications and other available information.
“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.
“Analysis will be carried out as expeditiously as possible, but please be aware that meaningful analysis of these factors can take some time. As soon as a decision is taken on whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, we will advise you promptly and we will provide reasons for the decision.
“We thank you for your interest in the ICC. If you would like to learn more about the ICC, please consult our website at www. icc-cpi.int.
“If you would like to learn more about how the office carries out analysis of information, please see our policy paper and the annex to that paper, on the office webpage at the website above’’.
The petition entitled, “Unprecedented criminality, flagrant human rights violations, bomb planting, gun running and unresolved assassinations in Oyo town, Oyo State’’ was sent by the petitioners to the ICC on September 9, 2015.
It will be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan had on December 15, 2014, issued an order of mandamus compelling the Inspector General of Police to investigate Oba Adeyemi for alleged criminalities, including murder, bomb planting, unlawful possession of arms and so on.
The application for mandamus with the suit No: FHC/IB/CS/54/2014 was filed at the Federal High Court, Ibadan, by the applicants’ counsel, Mr. Biodun Abdur-Raheem on July 16, 2014, two months after the police declined actions on the petition.
The petitioners noted with concern that 13 months after the court gave its order, the Nigerian Police are yet to comply, thus raising suspicion that Oba Adeyemi is being helped to escape investigation. The petitioners equally on Friday petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to compel the police authorities to execute a court judgment ordering the investigation of the Alaafin of Oyo.