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#EndSARS: ICC Opens Inquiry Into Alleged Crimes Committed During Protests

The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it is conducting a preliminary examination into the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

According to the BBC, the office of the ICC prosecutor made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday.

The office said it had received information on alleged crimes committed during the protests.

It said the examination will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”.

The ICC said it would make findings of the preliminary examination public.

In October, crowds of peaceful protesters stormed the streets in major towns of the country to demonstrate against police brutality. The protests turned violent after hoodlums hijacked the movement.

President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly told the Council of State that some 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers were killed during the protests.

Security operatives were also accused of cracking down on protesters.

The Nigerian Army denied shooting at protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza on October 20, 2020, despite video evidence showing men in army uniform. Two persons have been confirmed dead as a result of the incident. A judicial panel set up by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is currently investigating the incident.

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