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[EDITORIAL] Patience Jonathan will be probed by the ICC

christian nwodo - Monday, March 16, 2015


by Kolapo Olapoju
The International Criminal Court has stated that Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, will be probed.
The ICC says it has begun conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Nigeria.
The office of the prosecutor disclosed that it received the petition written by Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, urging the court to prosecute President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife for making inciting comments that might lead to violence.
“Under Article 15 of the Rome Statue, the Prosecutor of the ICC may receive information on crimes within the jurisdiction on the Court (also called ‘Communication’).”
“With regards to your enquiry, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court can confirm receipt of the communication referred to since the sender (APC) has made this fact public in the media.”
The ICC says it would take all the required steps and possibly interrogate the Patience Jonathan and others mentioned in the petition of the APC.
“The office will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court, as it does with all such communications,” the email sent to our correspondent concluded.