– The Inspector-General of Police has been dragged before a federal high court over the quit notice issued by Arewa youths
– Former lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, said he filled the lawsuits on behalf of Igbo people resident in the Northern part of the country
– The lawyer also vowed to approach the International Criminal Court to file criminal charges against the IGP, AGF and Prof Yemi Osinbajo
Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, former lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has filed three lawsuits to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to arrest members of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (ACYF), led by Mr. Yerima Shettima within seven days.
The lawyer filed the lawsuits before the federal high Court in Abuja, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on behalf of Igbo people resident in the Northern part of the country.
The lawyer is seeking an Order of Mandamus of the federal high court, compelling the IGP to arrest Mr Shettima who, in July, issued a quit notice to Igbo people based in the North.
He also filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against Mr Shettima, the IGP and the federal government.
The suit seeks to enforce the rights of the Igbos to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part of the country as guaranteed by Section 41(1) of the Constitution.
The lawyer also filed a suit at the ECOWAS Court, against Mr Shettima, the IGP and the federal government.
Obetta also vowed to approach the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, to press criminal charges against the FG if the IGP fail to comply with the Order of Mandamus to arrest Mr. Yerima, if granted by the federal high court.
Part of the statement read:
“My Criminal Suit for such second Genocide against Ndigbo in the North, will be filed against (i) Alh Yerima Shettima (ii) The IGP (iii) The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria (iv) Prof Ango Abdullahi and (v) Prof Yemi Osinbajo as the Ag. President of Nigeria when the 06/06/2017 Threat of a second Genocide against Ndigbo in the North, was issued.
“The IGP, AGF and Prof Yemi Osinbajo would be charged before the ICC as above stated, for looking the other way, and deliberately failing / neglecting to arrest and prosecute Prof Ango Abdullahi, Alh. Yerima Shettima and his Group, etc, since the 06/06/2017 when this DESPICABLE Threat was issued against Ndigbo in the North; and thereby Aiding, Abetting, Condoning and Encouraging a second Genocide against Ndigbo in the North.
“Should it become necessary to proceed to the ICC due to a REFUSAL by the IGP to PROMPTLY comply with above Order of Mandamus, NOTHING will stop us from revisiting and pressing Charges at the said ICC, against ALL the Ringleaders of the 1966 Genocide against Ndigbo in the North.
“It has just been announced with cynical fanfare, that the above AYCF has ‘suspended’ its 6/6/17 ‘Quit Notice’ against Ndigbo in the North. I hereby wish to make it categorically clear that this so-called suspension of the Quit Notice CANNOT in law, extinguish the GRAVE OFFENCE committed by Alh Yerima and his Group against Ndigbo in the North, on 06/06/17. Alh. Yerima MUST be arrested and prosecuted alongside other Ring-Leaders of the AYCF, for their TREASONABLE THREAT against Ndigbo, to quit the North before the 01/10/2017. NOTHING short of such Arrest and Prosecution will suffice to settle above 3 Suits, as filed.