The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague is considering a petition submitted to it by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) over alleged crimes against humanity in regards to the arms procument scandal, which former National Security Adviser, Dasuki Sambo and some prominent Nierians are currently standing trial.
Dasuki and co are accused of sharing over $2.1billion meant to purchase arms to fight insurgency in the north eastern part of the country.
The ICC aacknowledged the receipt of the petition in a letter dated 1 February 2016 with reference: OTP-CR-32/16 and signed by Mark P. Dillon, Head of Information & Evidence Unit of the ICC.
The letter reads in part: “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 Falana had in a petition dated 19 January 2016 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 had written, among othets, that the failure of a former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to prevent widespread and systematic looting was a crime against humanity.
He therefore urged ICC 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 urged the Nigerian government to fulfil 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.