The International Criminal Court, ICC, has on Wednesday, revealed that it is conducting a preliminary investigation into the recent EndSARS protests in Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch,
In a statement, the Office of the ICC Prosecutor had earlier said that it had received information on alleged crimes against humanity in Nigeria.
According to the BBC, the examination will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”.
For weeks, crowds of peaceful protesters gathered on the streets, in major towns of the country, to demonstrate against Police brutality, leading to a crackdown.
This further led to the ordered shooting of peaceful EndSARS protesters, at Lekki toll gate, in Lagos, on Tuesday night, October 20, by suspected men of the Nigerian Army
Amnesty International, AI, had stated that Security Forces opened fire on the peaceful protesters, killing and injuring a number of people.
Both the Police and Army have rejected the allegations.
The ICC however, said that it would make findings of the preliminary examination public.
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