The International Criminal Court (ICC) has disclosed that it is conducting a preliminary investigation into the allegations of shooting in the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, reports the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
In a statement credited to the office of the prosecutor, the ICC had earlier confirmed receiving information on alleged crimes against protesters in Nigeria.
Human Rights group, Amnesty International, one of the major petitioners said security forces opened fire on protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, 20th October, 2020, with scores of casualties recorded, an incident the federal government, Nigerian Army and The Police Headquarters have all come out to say they have no hand in.
The ICC, which seats in Hague, Netherlands, said it would examine the incident and “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome statute are met.”
The ICC also said that it will make the findings of its investigation public.