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ICC Opens Inquiry Into Crimes Committed During #EndSARS Protests

The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it has opened a preliminary inquiry into the demonstrations against harassment and brutality by the police.

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According to BBC, the ICC said it had received information on alleged crimes during the protests, which were organised under the #EndSARS campaign.

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In October, many Nigerians took to the streets to call for an end to police brutality.

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In response to the protests, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), announced the dissolution of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) — a unit that had been accused of extrajudicial killings.

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The ICC said the inquiry will begin with “whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”.

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The development is coming after a number of civil society organisations (CSO) threatened to report some heads of security agencies to the ICC over the conduct of their personnel during the demonstrations, popularly called #EndSARS protests.

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However, Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has since dismissed the threats to report him and some heads of security agencies to the ICC and other international authorities.

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“They have continually threatened to report the NA to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and also threatened various forms of sanctions against personnel and their families,” Buratai had said.

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“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better.”
https://www.thecable.ng/icc-opens-inquiry-into-crimes-committed-during-endsars-protests

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