The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has indicated that it will investigate the killings of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during the invasion of the country home of their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Afara Ukwu community, Umuahia, Abia State.
This was contained in a letter from the office of the prosecutor in response to a petition filed to the court by a Nigerian journalist, Mr. Ahaoma Kanu.
It could be recalled that soldiers of the Nigeria Army, during a military exercise codenamed Operation Python Dance, struck and killed about 26 IPOB members.
The letter with reference number OTP-CR-413/17 dated March 20, 2018, confirmed that the military invasion and deaths recorded relates to a situation already under preliminary examination by the Office of the Prosecutor.
“Accordingly, your communication will be analysed in this context, with the assistance of other related communications and other available information,” the letter signed by Mark Dillon, head of the Information and Evidence Unit at the Office of the Prosecutor, read.
Members of the IPOB have come under constant attack by security apparatchiks in Nigeria including the Army, Department of State Security (DSS).
The attacks have led to the extrajudicial killing of hundreds of their members since 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office as the commander-in-chief.
Since the September 16, 2017 attack on his country home, Kanu and his aged father have not been seen till date fuelling speculations they have been extrajudicially murdered.
However, following petitions by civil rights groups, ICC commenced and concluded preliminary investigations into the alleged killing of over 1000 members of the Islamic M0vement of Nigeria (IMN) in December 2015.
It also opened preliminary investigations into the killings of members of the IPOB by the Nigeria Army soldiers in October 2015.