By Charles Igwe
The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has lodged a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, alleging “crimes against humanity” committed by the governor of Imo state and 31 other public officials in southeastern Nigeria.
The 13-page complaint, submitted on June 19, details extrajudicial killings, torture, abductions, and other gross human rights abuses, specifically targeting Christians. Intersociety contends that the state actors have aided, abetted, and conspired in the perpetration of these atrocities.
The organization further argues that the failure of Nigeria’s prosecutorial system necessitates ICC intervention. The complaint demands an end to the violence, the arrest and prosecution of those involved, and highlights the dire situation faced by Christians in Nigeria, who have been repeatedly targeted by Islamist jihadists.
Intersociety’s investigation reveals a staggering number of Christian deaths, displaced persons, and destroyed properties. In response, the organization has called for international pressure, including visa bans and other diplomatic measures, to be imposed on the implicated officials.