The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued to investigate Nigerian security forces over allegations of “crimes against humanity and war crimes.
This came following the allegations of human rights abuses against the country’s security forces in the north-east and across Nigeria..
According to Thecable, the determination, was issued on Friday but was silent on the Lekki shootings but however, declared “are also sufficiently grave to warrant investigation” by ICC.
The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent probe and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes
Fatou Bensouda, the outgoing ICC prosecutor, said: “There is reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigerian Security Forces (“NSF”) have committed the following acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes: murder, rape, torture, and cruel treatment; enforced disappearance; forcible transfer of population; outrages upon personal dignity; intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population as such and against individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities; unlawful imprisonment; conscripting and enlisting children under the age of fifteen years into armed forces and using them to participate actively in hostilities; persecution on gender and political grounds; and other inhumane acts”.
She added that the allegations “are also sufficiently grave to warrant investigation by my Office, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. My Office will provide further details in our forthcoming annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities”.