The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has filed a case against Governor Wike using the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This petition was seen on the Twitter account of another lawyer of IPOB, Aloy Ejimakor. This petition is filed against the Rivers state governor following the killings of IPOB members in Obigbo in 2020.
The petition was written by an international lawyer and also the spokesman for the IPOB leader,Nnamdi Kanu. The petition by Bruce Fein was directed to the Chief prosecutor of ICC, Karim Khan in Netherlands. Fein, in the file which was dated September 28, 2022, asked the ICC to count the charges of genocide and crime against humanity against Governor Nyesom Wike.
The petition read: “Submission of Bruce Fein, international lawyer and spokesman for Nnamdi Kanu, leader, Indigenous People of Biafra charging Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State Nigeria with conspiracy, genocide, and crimes against humanity against Biafrans by knowing participation in protracted and systematic murder, extermination, starvation, denial of necessary medical care and shelter, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, rape, theft, and persecution based on political opinion, religion, or ethnicity”.
The zone in which the crime took place, Obigbo happens to be a small community in Rivers state. The community was mentioned in the year 2020 during the protest to put an end to SARS to have been attacked by hoodlums. Consequently, Governor Wike ordered soldiers to be deployed to the community with allegations of Killings and violence.
Reportedly, the soldiers started moving from house to house in search of young chaps who were IPOB members. This called the notice of bodies locally and internationally, alongside the eyesore pictures that were seen online. After this event, fingers were pointed at Governor Wike who in turn explained that he did not send any soldier to kill any Igbo indigene or person. He sent them there to ensure peace and order.