IN SUMMARY: Bola Tinubu is set to be sworn in as Nigeria’s president on 29 May 2023, even as his rivals challenge his election victory.
Nigeria's president-elect, Bola Tinubu, is expected to be sworn in on 29 May 2023 while the country’s election results are still disputed.
A verdict is not expected before the inauguration.
A Facebook post however claims that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked Nigeria’s top judge to stop the swearing-in.
It reads: “Breaking News: International Criminal Court ‘ICC orders Chief Justice of Nigeria to halts Tinubu swearing-in.”
It gives more details: “The chairman of the ICC ‘Greg Barclay’ has ordered ‘Olukayode Ariwoola’ the Chief Justice of Nigeria to halt Tinubu's swearing-in as president until the presidential fate is well decided by the court.”
ICC spokesperson says it hasn’t issued order
The ICC investigates and, where necessary, tries people who have committed serious crimes of concern to the international community. These include war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola is Nigeria’s chief justice, presiding over the supreme court.
But the Facebook post confuses the International Cricket Council, also known by the acronym ICC, with the International Criminal Court.
Fadi El Abdallah, spokesperson for the court, told Africa Check the organisation hasn’t issued such a directive. He said: “The ICC didn’t not make any order of that kind.”
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