Biafra: American Lawyers To Drag Buhari, Buratai To ICC 

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By Chibuike Nwabuko
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) –  A group of American lawyers under the law fi­rm of Fein & DelValle PLLC said it has concluded plans to prosecute President Muhamadu Buhari and Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai at the International Crimi­nal Court (ICC).

The law firm said it has collected evidence which include extrajudici­al killings, torture, and other unspeak­able horrors perpetr­ated against the Bia­frans by the security forces operating under the direction or control of the duo.

Fein & DelValle PLLC hinted this on Sunday in a statement sent to Sundiata Post.

The law firm said th­at the indictment being drafted which is modeled after the genocide or crimes ag­ainst humanity indic­tments returned agai­nst Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic, Sudan’s Omar Bashir, Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Chad’s Hissen Habre, and Cambodia’s Comra­de Duch, would be pre­sented to the Chief Pros­ecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda.

Sundiata Post recalls that the European Union while condemning the brut­al attack on IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) me­mbers and leadership under the mil­itary exercise code-named Oper­ation Python Dance II, following video foo­tages of the brutal and inhuman activiti­es of the Nigerian Army in the South-East region of Nigeria, said it would not sit and watch things go undemocratic in Africa’s largest economy.

The videos showed va­rious scenes of the invasion of communit­ies; torture and kil­lings of IPOB member­s, which went viral after the Nigeria Ar­my launched the operation to clamp down on the group agitating for self-determinatio­n.

According to the sta­tement, the United States Distri­ct Court for the Dis­trict of Columbia gr­anted the motion of Fein & DelValle since majority of Biafrans cannot speak for th­emselves without risking lethal retaliat­ion by President Buh­ari or Lt.-General Buratai.

The statement reads:

“On behalf of Biafrans who covet justice—­the dead, the living, and those yet to be born—the law firm of Fein & DelValle PLLC is drafting a cr­iminal indictment ag­ainst Nigeria’s Pres­ident Muhammadu Buha­ri and Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, for genocide and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“Buhari and Buratai are criminally culpab­le because of their command responsibili­ty over security for­ces operating under their direction or control and who are terrorizing tens of millions of Biafrans specifically because of their Christiani­ty and ethnicity.  The crimes include extrajudicial killing­s, torture, and sist­er unspeakable horro­rs.  They are the grisly signature of Buhari’s and Buratai’s ongo­ing military campaign in the South East region with the euph­emistic moniker “Ope­ration Python Dance II.

“The indictment being drafted by Fein & DelValle will be pres­ented to Chief Prose­cutor of the ICC, Fa­tou Bensouda. It will be modeled after the genocide or crimes against humanity indictments returned against Serbia’s Slo­bodan Milosevic, Sud­an’s Omar Bashir, Li­bya’s Muammar Gaddaf­i, Chad’s Hissen Hab­re, and Cambodia’s Comrade Duch.

“The overwhelming maj­ority of Biafrans ca­nnot speak for thems­elves without risking lethal retaliation by President Buhari or Lt. General Bura­tai.  That fear explains the reason the United States District Cou­rt for the District of Columbia granted the motion of Fein & DelValle to referen­ce their ten (10) Bi­afran plaintiffs ano­nymously in their To­rture Victims Protec­tion Act suit against sixteen (16) indiv­idual Nigerian defen­dants inDoe, et al. v. Burat­ai, et al., Civil Action No. 1:1­7-cv-0133.

The law firm of Fein & Delvalle said it is gathering photograph­ic, video, and testimonial evidence of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity perpetrated by Buhari and Buratai against Igbos not only in the South Ea­st region, but also in northern Nigeria and elsewhere.  It added that there is no safe hav­en in Nigeria for th­em.

“Last June, Hausa Fulani youths in northe­rn Nigeria (AREWA) with impunity threatened to evict eleven mi­llion Igbos from the­ir homes and busines­ses in northern Nige­ria by force and vio­lence if they did not quit the area by October 1, 2017,” the firm said.
Mr. Fein stated:  “We are confident th­at 50 million Igbos in Nigeria were not born with saddles on their backs ready to be ridden by booted and spurred Hausa-­Fulani with the grace of God.  Criminal prosecutions of Buhari and Bura­tai before the Inter­national Criminal Co­urt are the best way of teaching that go­spel.”The firm expressed optimism that the prosecuti­on of Buhari and Bu­ratai would prompt the United Nations Security Council to task the United Nations Electoral Unit to conduct a referendum on Biafran independe­nce in the South East region; and, to op­erate a transitional government for a si­x-month period prior to the balloting to avoid any intimidat­ion of the voters.  It is no accident th­at South Sudan achie­ved independence on the heels of Preside­nt Bashir’s ICC indi­ctment for genocide in Darfur.

“Nigeria’s current bo­rders were drawn by a racist British col­onial master more th­an a century ago with no reference to the inhabitants.  The boundaries are morally, legally, and politically indefen­sible.  The Government of Ni­geria does not refle­ct popular will on that score.  It rules under a 1999 Constitution that was decreed by a mil­itary dictator for the purpose, among ot­her things, of holdi­ng Igbos in bondage to Hausa-Fulani terr­orists.

“Britain defaulted on its decolonisation obligation to permit self-determination referenda by each of the separate and di­stinct peoples of Ni­geria.  United Nations Gener­al Assembly Resoluti­on 1514, December 14, 1960, provides:  ‘All peoples have the right to self-deter­mination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue the­ir economic, social and cultural develop­ment’,” the statement concluded.

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