There are indication that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, may be brought to justice and sentenced, if criminal allegations against him were proven before the court.
This followed alleged call the Monarch for the annihilation of Ndigbo in the build up of the April 11, 2015 governorship election and subsequent petition sent to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by an Igbo son.
Sources disclose that the ICC has commenced investigation on the Oba for alleging to sink the Ndigbo residing in Lagos State into the lagoon, if they failed to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the governorship election in the state.
According to reports available to TheStreetReporters.com, the son of the late former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Josef Umunnakwe Onoh, had petitioned the ICC over the Oba’s alleged threat and urged the world jury to investigate the threat and bring the monarch to justice for conceiving to annihilate the Igbo race over election matters.
TheStreetReporters.com recalls that the ICC had earlier in the year, acknowledged receipt of Onoh’s petition and promised to give consideration to his request.
In another correspondence to the petitioner, with reference number OTP-CR-140/15, and dated August 13, 2015, ICC’s Head of Information and Evidence Unit in the office of the prosecutor, M. P. Dillion, said they were analyzing the situation identified in the petition, with the assistance of other related communications and other available information.
Part of the ICC’s latest letter to Onoh, which was quoted by The Sun, read: “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.”
The Oba of Lagos had threatened that Ndigbo in Lagos would drown in Lagos lagoon within seven days if they failed to vote for the governorship candidate of the APC, Akinwumi Ambode, as captured in a video published my TheStreetReporters.com.
Onoh had vowed to present Oba Akiolu’s threat before the ICC and subsequently made real his vow through a petition dated April 21, 2015.
While acknowledging receipt of the petition, the ICC Head of Information and Evidence Unit, Dillon, had said: “This communication has been duly entered in the communications register of the office.”
With the commencement of investigation and overwhelming evidence against the Oba, there may be more trouble for the monarch than he had envisaged before his alleged unguarded verbal threat to annihilate Ndigbo in the state where he serves as the supreme traditional ruler.
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