ICC conducting preliminary probe into #EndSARS killings –Prosecutor
The International Criminal Court has said it was conducting a preliminary examination into the #EndSARS protests which resulted in the killing of scores of protesters and security personnel.
About 51 civilians and over 28 police officers and seven soldiers were killed during the violence that trailed the Lekki shooting on October 20.
The ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, in a statement to the BBC on Wednesday said her office had received information on the alleged crimes.© BY STLIUSONG
The examination, ICC said, will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met.”
The court said it would make findings of the preliminary examination public.
Following the shooting of protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos, a coalition of civil society organisations had asked the ICC to commence a probe of arbitrary killings of the #EndSars protesters at different demonstration grounds across the country.
The group which comprised 30 CSOs in a statement described the killings as unacceptable.
The CSOs comprising the Centre for Democracy and Development, Global Rights, BudgIT and 27 others claimed to have documentary evidence on the several injustices against the peaceful protesters.
Apparently responding to the request in a tweet last month, the ICC prosecutor stated, “My office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria’s law enforcement and security agencies. The ICC investigation will be hinged on if the “Rome Statute crimes may have been committed during the EndSARS.” AdChoices