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BREAKING: International Criminal Court begins preliminary examination into #EndSARS killings in Nigeria

The International Criminal Court has confirmed to BBC Africa that is has started a preliminary examination into the #ENDSARS events in Nigeria.

According to Chi Chi Izundu, a West Africa Correspondent at the BBC, the Office of the ICC Prosecutor said it had received information on alleged crimes and the examination would “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute… are met”.

Officials added that the office did not usually comment on the communications it receives but the sender had made it public.

The Office of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor confirmed it is now analyzing the material sent and when a final decision on this process is reached, it will be made public.

For weeks crowds of peaceful protesters gathered in streets in major towns of the country to demonstrate against police brutality, leading to a crackdown.

Some 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers were killed, according to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

Rights group Amnesty International said security forces opened fire on protesters, killing and injuring a number of people. Both the police and the army have rejected Amnesty’s allegation.

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


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