The International Criminal Court (ICC) will commence a preliminary examination into the unfortunate shootings which occurred at the Lekki toll gate where #EndSARS protesters gathered to protest against police brutality and call for Police reforms.
This was confirmed by BBC West Africa Correspondent, Chi Chi Izundu, on Wednesday morning.
THREAD: The International Criminal Court has confirmed to @BBCAfrica that is has started a preliminary examination into the #ENDSARS events in Nigeria. The Office of the ICC Prosecutor said it had received information on alleged crimes…
— Chi Chi Izundu (@blondeafro) November 4, 2020
What you should know
Nairametrics reported in October that the ICC confirmed it had received reports of crimes during the #EndSARS protests and monitoring developments from the events in Nigeria.
“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.
“Any loss of life and injury is concerning. We have received information alleging crimes and are keeping a close eye on developments, in case violence escalates and any indications arise that Rome Statute crimes may have been committed,” ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said last month.
In today’s statement, Izundu said, “The International Criminal Court has confirmed to BBC Africa that it has started a preliminary examination into the #EndSARS events in Nigeria. The Office of the ICC Prosecutor said it had received information on alleged crimes and the examination would ‘assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute… are met.”
“Officials added that the office did not usually comment on the communications it receives, but the sender had made it public,” she added.
She also confirmed the Office of the ICC prosecutor is currently analyzing the materials sent from protesters and will announce to the public when a final decision process is reached.