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“We have received information alleging crimes” – ICC on #EndSARS protests in Nigeria

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, says the court is closely keeping an eye on the developments from the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

The Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, in a statement posted by the ICC on it’s verified Twitter page on Thursday, said the court has received allegations of crimes.

According to the statement, her “office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria’s law enforcement and security agencies,”

“Any loss of life and injury is concerning. We have received information alleging crimes and are keeping a close eye on developments, in case violence escalates and any indications arise that Rome Statute crimes may have been committed.

She however, called “for calm and restraint.”

The ICC is an intergovernmental organisation and international tribunal which has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the crimes of genocide; crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

A group of young Nigerians, protesting against Police brutality were on Tuesday, singing to the National anthem and waving the Nigerian flag when soldiers opened fire killing unaccounted number of persons in what is now being called the “Lekki Massacre”.

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