People of Biafra to file ICC complaint against Nigerian president


he Indigenous People of Biafra have retained lawyer Prof. Dr. Göran Sluiter to file a complaint against Nigerian President Buhari before the International Criminal Court

The indigenous people of Biafra have retained Dutch lawyer, Prof. Dr. Göran Sluiter. He has been instructed to file a criminal complaint against Nigerian President Buhari before the International Criminal Court (ICC), on account of crimes against humanity.

The people of Biafra, living in the South of Nigeria, have been trying to exercise their right to self-determination for decades now. They have been systematically oppressed by the Nigerian government and have suffered serious human rights violations, amounting to crimes against humanity.

Prof Goren Sluiter

With the election of new Nigerian President Buhari, violence and crimes committed against the people of Biafra have intensified. This is exemplified by the recent unlawful arrest and detention of Biafra’s leader, mr. Nnamdi  Kanu, since 14 October 2015.

Prof. Dr. Sluiter is convinced that there is more than enough evidence to have the ICC Prosecutor conclude that the people of Biafra are the victim of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC and that President Buhari plays an essential role in these crimes.

He also points out that the situation in Nigeria –including other crimes committed by Buhari, namely the electoral violence of 2011- has been under preliminary examination of the ICC for some time now and that the moment has come for the Prosecutor of the ICC to launch a full criminal investigation.

The criminal complaint will be finalized on short notice and will –in the interests of justice and transparency- be made available to the public.



Prof Goren Sluten is one of the attorneys at the prestigious chambers Prakken D’Olivera in Netherland.

Göran Sluiter specializes in criminal law, international law and international criminal law. He represents clients in all of these areas of law, in national and international procedures. His approach to cases leverages his years of experience as a deputy judge, and his academic knowledge of the subject gained in his additional role as a professor.

Lawyer since 2010

Additional roles
Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Amsterdam.