Judiciary

#EndSARS: ICC receives petition against Femi Falana

The International Criminal Court in the Hague has received a criminal complaint filed against Lawyer and Human Rights activist Femi Falana for allegedly instigating the #EndSARS protests

According to a reply signed by the Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the ICC, Mark Dillon, the Communication has entered the Registry of the Court and will be considered accordingly with the procedure and Rome Statute of the ICC.

The complaint dated 4th November, 2020 was addressed to the Office of Madame Fatou Bensouda, The Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC).

In the complaints filed by Joseph Nwaegbu. a Senior Associate of Pathfind Attorneys on behalf of Make Nigeria Better Initiative (MNBI), said the role played by Mr. Falana before, during and after what observers described as “the mother of all protests in Nigeria” is not only ignoble but criminal.

The group accused Mr. Falana of “spreading fake news to further incite the youths in the country against the government which led killings and destructions of properties.”

The group said it has attached “sensitive pieces of evidence” on the allegations raised to drive home their argument that Femi Falana, ought to be prosecuted and sanctioned.

In the criminal complaint, the complainant listed policemen killed and government property destroyed as casualties of the protest which lasted for about three weeks.

The group called on the ICC Prosecutor to open an investigation of Femi Falana, on her own accord under Article 15 (1) of the Rome Statute;

It called on the ICC Prosecutor to compels Femi Falana SAN upon conviction under the Rome Statute to pay the sum of $2,000,000,000 (Two Billion US Dollars) as punitive damages for causing death, injury and maiming of several citizens as well as wanton destruction of public and private properties through his instigation of the violent #EndSARS Protests across Nigeria from the period 3rd October, 2020 till 21st October, 2020.

The senior advocate has been speaking out in support of the #EndSARS protests during which Nigerians took to the streets in numbers to demand for an end to police brutality, extortion and extrajudicial killings by a rogue unit of the force known as the Special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

The Lawyer recently spoke against the hoarding of coronavirus palliatives in several cities in Nigeria, calling it a “crime against humanity.”


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