The Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) has commenced an inquiry into the Finish SARS protests in Nigeria.
On Wednesday, BBC reported that the court docket confirmed that it’s conducting a preliminary examination.
The workplace of the ICC prosecutor stated it had obtained data on alleged crimes.
The probe will, “assess whether or not the authorized standards for opening an investigation beneath the Rome Statute are met.”
Rallies commenced in Lagos on October 8, however lower than per week, the peaceable protesters had been repeatedly dispersed by the police in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Tears gasoline, water cannons and stay bullets had been utilized in some instances. Whereas this was occurring, thugs in Lagos and Abuja attacked Finish SARS gatherings at totally different areas with golf equipment, knives and machetes.
Many had been injured, vehicles and telephones broken. Some casualties had been reported. Movies of pricy autos main and guiding the hoodlums went viral.
October 20 marked the turning level of the agitation. From about 6:45pm, Nigerian Military troops allegedly opened hearth on unarmed residents on the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos.
The protesters stood their grounds as they waved Nigerian flags and chanted the nationwide anthem.
The incident which brought about deaths and accidents has change into a dent on Nigeria’s picture. Nations and worldwide organizations have demanded prosecution of these concerned.
On October 21, rampaging youths occupied the streets in defiance of the curfew imposed by the state authorities.
Riots and arson broke out in Lagos and different states, largely in Nigeria’s South. A number of personal and public properties had been destroyed.
The Inspector Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu, stated 22 policemen had been killed and 205 stations/formations destroyed in the course of the nationwide riots.
In the meantime, divisional police head, citing concern of extra assaults on personnel, has suggested Nigerians to guard themselves forward of the yuletide and the brand new 12 months.
The ICC has assured findings of the preliminary examination on crimes perpetrated in the course of the Finish SARS protests can be made public.