The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the Rivers State governor, Nyesome Wike of complicity in the alleged systematic killings of its members in Obigbo community in the state .
Fein, in the submission, dated September 28, 2022, is asking the ICC to charge Governor Wike with genocide and crimes against humanity against Biafrans.
The lawyer’s submission reads thus: “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
Obigbo, a major Igbo settlement in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State became in the news for negative reasons during the recent #EndSARS protests that was hijacked by hoodlums.
This, according to claims, was because some Igbo youths said to be IPOB members allegedly clashed with youths from the north, including Hausas and Fulanis, a situation that degenerated to a worrisome level, compelling Governor Wike to make a broadcast outlawing IPOB in the state.
Wike also imposed curfew on the entire Oyigbo council area.
He went ahead to place a N50 million Naira bounty on the head of the leader of IPOB in the area.
And in a not-well calculated move, the leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu also placed double that amount on Governor Wike’s head.
Soldiers moved into the community following Wike’s broadcast, with allegations of killings; tortures and destruction trailing the soldiers entrance.
The soldiers were also alleged to have gone from house to house in search of Igbo youths who were branded IPOB members.
The development attracted the attention of international and local civil societies, who equally raised alarm over the gory pictures being seen on the social media.
However, Governor Wike, who was being fingered as inviting the solders said to be wreaking havoc, denied it, saying he never invited any soldier to kill any Igbo man or any person.