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ENDSARS

#EndSARS Protest: ICC begins preliminary examination of events

The ICC will start a preliminary examination into the events that occurred during the #EndSARS protests.

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Victims of #EndSARS protest receive interest free loans worth N10.5 million, #EndSARS: A day by day timeline of the protest that has brought Nigeria to its knees.

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.

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.

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  1. Solomon

    November 4, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Ongoing genocide in oyigbo in river state by Nigeria military force’s many have been killed, many business destroyed, homes destroyed by Nigeria security force’s. As well killings in Ebony state, Enugu and must part of the southern part of the country

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