#LekkiMassacre: ICC opens preliminary findings against Nigerian Army, other actors
The International Criminal Court has launched preliminary findings to establish the role of Nigerian Army and other actors in the October 20 fatal shooting of protesters in Lagos.
At least nine Nigerians were killed when soldiers opened live rounds by Lekki Toll-Gate, south of the commercial capital, during a dusk operation to quell then-ongoing #EndSARS agitation against police brutality.
The Nigerian Army has denied wrongdoing, but citizens and world leaders have called for a thorough investigation of the attack, which came as protesters were singing the national anthem. Lagos authorities also denied wrongoing.
But an ICC prosecutor confirmed to the BBC on Wednesday that the international crimes tribunal has received a petition that carried claims of the massacre.
Investigators at the ICC are not trying to “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute… are met,” the BBC reported on Wednesday.
The BBC said the ICC confirmed that the person who filed the petition had already made its details public, although Peoples Gazette has yet to identify the petitioner or specific details of their criminal complaints.
A spokesman for the Nigerian Army did not immediately return a request seeking comments about the investigation. But Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai had said last week advised soldiers not to be afraid of an ICC inquiry into the deadly Lekki operation, saying it met legal and operational criteria.
We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.
More from Peoples Gazette
Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku
“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”
Gunmen kill NSCDC personnel, two others in Imo
He, however, advised residents of the area to avoid taking laws into their hands as security agencies were already on the top of their game.
Court stops Ayu from parading as PDP national chair
They want him to stay away from the party pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice already filed.
Six people killed in Nashville private Christian school shooting
All concerned parents gathered outside the school to wait for word from their loved ones.
Nigeria should jail electoral offenders or kiss democracy goodbye: Utomi
I do hope our judiciary can draw a lesson from Kenya and not let its reputation go down the drain.
AFCON Qualifiers: Super Eagles secure revenge, defeat Guinea-Bissau
Had the ball gone in, it would have been Osimhen’s sixth goal of the qualifiers.
Cross River journalist, Agba Jalingo, sent to prison
He reported that Mr Aboh who took the contract was arrested and is currently facing charges but his partner in crime, Ms Ayade, continues to walk freely.