Following the ruling of the Federal High Court on the 1999 invasion of Odi community in Bayelsa State, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Monday demanded for the arraignment of former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide.
In a statement signed by Rotimi Fashakin, its National Publicity Secretary, the party said Justice Lambo Akanbi in his judgment had described the invasion of Odi as genocidal, reckless, brutish and a gross violation of the rights of the victims to life and ownership of property, and ordered the Federal Government to pay N37.6 billion as compensation to the victims. The party also recalled that in 2001, the same government led by Obasanjo, ordered the invasion of Zaki-Biam, in Benue State, with the same malevolence as Odi.
For that, another court in 2007 ordered the government to pay N4.8 billion as compensation to the victims. The CPC therefore argued that the course of justice would be best served if the head of the government at the material time, Obasanjo, is formally arraigned for genocide at the ICC. CPC said the implication of his arraignment would be the institution of constitutional order and decency among the ruling elite so that the inalienable rights of the people to personal liberty and justice remains sacrosanct.