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Boko Haram Massacres Are A Smoke Screen For Biafra / Igbo Genocide

Boko Haram Massacres Are A Smoke Screen For Biafra / Igbo Genocide

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Spurred by the genocidal events in Northern Nigeria such as this week’s massacre in Kano, Biafra Liberation In Exile's attorney has filed an important and historic claim with the office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court regarding crimes against humanity committed against the Biafra / Igbo people by the government of Nigeria.
Spurred by the genocidal events in Northern Nigeria such as this week’s massacre in Kano, Biafra Liberation In Exile's attorney has filed an important and historic claim with the office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court regarding crimes against humanity committed against the Biafra / Igbo people by the government of Nigeria.

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Published by: Dr. Jonathan Levy, PhD on May 02, 2012
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1 |Page Communication of BILIE to ICC Prosecutor re: Nigeria
March 10, 2012Prosecutor, International Criminal CourtPo Box 195192500 CM, The HagueThe Netherlands
Urgent Request to Investigate Crimes against HumanityCommitted against the people of Biafra by theFederal Government of Nigeria acting in concert with Boko Haram
Dear Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo:I am writing to you as the Legal Representative for the BIAFRALIBERATION IN EXILE (BILIE) organization. I have the authorization of my client to send this petition to you to request that you use your goodoffices and position to investigate allegations of the unlawful andcoordinated killing of Biafrans and perpetration of other crimes underinternational law against Biafrans.
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 Our intent is to prevent a second Holocaust in the 21
st
Century in whichtribalism, nationalism, neocolonialism and religion combine to place at risk of death over 50 million people. If the ICC does not act, we fear a anotherBiafran genocide will eclipse the Holocaust of the Second World War as thesingle most evil event in modern world history.
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Nigeria is the powder keg
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Biafra refers to the former territory of the sovereign state of Biafra and peoples fromthat region in southeast Nigeria. The Igbo number at least 50 million and are thedominate group from Biafra. Biafrans however live throughout Nigeria and are oftentargeted for violence or death when outside their home states.
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The first Biafran genocide (1965-1970) resulted in at least 2 million Biafran deaths,most from planned starvation, pogroms, riots and mass executions by the Nigeriangovernment, the former colonial power Great Britain and their auxiliaries. BILIE is in
 
 
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2 |Page Communication of BILIE to ICC Prosecutor re: Nigeria
of Africa, preemptive human rights action is required now to prevent tragedyof a scope unimagined in human history.Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute of the International CriminalCourt, and deposited its instrument of ratification on 27 September 2001.BILIE
is
an organization formed by Pro-Biafran groups that were registeredin their respective countries which decided to come together to form amother-organization known as BIAFRA LIBERATION IN EXILE orBILIE. The organization per se is registered in Europe and also registered asan NGO in the category of Indigenous Peoples Organization (IPO) under theUnited Nations. Its human rights arm known as BILIE HUMAN RIGHTINITIATIVE is registered in Nigeria.The typical response of the Nigerian government to the type of crimesreferenced herein is usually dealt with by setting up commissions of inquiryor internal investigations, but few of these commissions have ever publishedtheir reports, and even when they have, their recommendations have rarelybeen acted upon or led to prosecutions.The Solicitor General of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdullahi Ahmed Yola, stated justthis past December 2011 to the Tenth Session of the Assembly of StatesParties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court that inregards to the continuing violence in Northern Nigeria:“Facts and evidence uncovered in the course of investigations do not reflectthat there is any threat of genocide, crimes against humanity or any othercrimes committed, which may fall within the context of the Rome StatuteCrimes.”
possession of firsthand accounts of the atrocities committed as part of its GenocideProject. The current government of Nigeria denies genocide occurs in contradiction toapolitical historical consensus. See: http://necrometrics.com/20c1m.htm#Biafra
 
 
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3 |Page Communication of BILIE to ICC Prosecutor re: Nigeria
In other words Nigeria’s Solicitor General conclusively dismissed anyclaims of war crimes, genocide or crimes against humanity on Nigerian soilas
a priori
impossible regardless of the facts.The Nigeria government is publicly unwilling or unable to properlyinvestigate and prosecute allegations of genocidal crimes under internationallaw as the government of Nigeria has already made the peremptory findingthat such crimes cannot occur in Nigeria regardless of the facts involved.Further the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has made publicadmissions that Boko Haram has infiltrated his government. He ominouslystated on January 8, 2012:“Some of them [Boko Haram] are in the executive arm of government, someof them are in the parliamentary/legislative arm of government while someof them are even in the judiciary…Some are also in the armed forces, thepolice and other security agencies. Some continue to dip their hands and eatwith you and you won’t even know the person who will point a gun at youor plant a bomb behind your house.”This situation amounts to a denial of the Biafran victims’ access to a fair,effective and prompt system of justice. Particularly when the abovestatement comes from the Nigerian government’s Solicitor General inresponse to ongoing investigations by the ICC Prosecutor’s Office of allegations filed by Nigerian civil society groups and a spontaneousadmission from the president that the police and judiciary are compromised.The Nigerian Solicitor General however could not even bring himself toacknowledge the issues of mass murder in Nigeria by Boko Haram, statingonly: “We however note recently that the Office of the ICC Prosecutor hasshown concern over the state of 
alleged
killings in Northern Nigeria.

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