The International Criminal Court ICC has begun preliminary investigations into the #endsars protest in Nigeria. 

The office of the ICC prosecutor confirmed to the BBC that it has received information on alleged crimes and the examination will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”.

#Endsars protests in Nigeria was hijacked by hoodlums after men in military uniforms shot at peaceful protesters on October 20, 2020. 

Amnesty reported that 51 civilians lost their lives in the violence that erupted afterwards. 

According to the Inspector General of Police, 71 public warehouses and 248 privately owned stores were looted in 13 states and the FCT and 205 police stations were burnt and 22 police officers killed.

The ICC has promised to make reports of the preliminary examination public.

The ICC has jurisdiction over Rome Statute crimes committed within Nigerian territory or by Nigerian nationals as the country deposited its instrument of ratification of the Rome Statute on 27 September 2001.

List of such crimes includes the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.


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