|Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan|
According to PUNCH report, the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday [Mar. 16] said Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, is liable to prosecution. The global criminal court added that it had begun conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Nigeria.
In an email written to PUNCH, the Office of the prosecutor stated that it received the petition written by the major opposition party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress, asking the ICC to prosecute President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife for making inciting comments that might lead to violence.
The email read:
“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.”
It added that the court would take all the necessary steps, which will likely include interrogating the President’s wife 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 PUNCH concluded.