International Criminal Court to probe Nigerian security agencies over ‘crimes against humanity’
The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has issued a preliminary determination to thoroughly investigate Nigerian security agencies over allegations of “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes”.
TheCable reports that although the determination, issued on Friday, was silent on the specifics, such as the Lekki shootings, the ICC declared the acts “are also sufficiently grave to warrant investigation”.
The 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”.
Bensouda 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”.