The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it is closely monitoring the events around the current #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and the reaction of law enforcement and security agencies to the demonstrations.
The ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, in her reaction, called for calm and restraint, saying “any loss of life and injury is worrisome.’’
Persecondnews recalls that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) had sent a petition to Bensouda, urging her to promptly investigate reports that Nigerian authorities, military, and some politicians have used and are using thugs, soldiers and security agents to intimidate, harass, attack and kill #EndSARS peaceful protesters in several parts of Nigeria, including Abuja, Lagos, Edo, Osun, Plateau, and Kano States.
On Oct. 20 at Lekki Toll Gate, some armed soldiers had opened fire on #EndSARS protesters who were campaigning against the evils perpetrated by the operatives of banned security outfit of the Nigeria Police.
Nigerians have accused SARS of high-handedness, harassments, extortion and extra-judicial killings in the country.
Bensouda confirmed that she had received information alleging crimes and that ICC was keeping a “close eye’’ on developments in case violence escalated and any indications arose that Rome Statute crimes might have been committed.
“My office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and 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,’’ she said.