The International Criminal Court convict #EndSARS Killing as they conduct preliminary probe into #EndSARS killing

The International Criminal Court has said it was conducting a preliminary examination into the #EndSARS protests which resulted in the killing of scores of protesters and security personnel. Punch report

About 51 civilians and over 28 police officers and seven soldiers were killed during the violence that trailed the Lekki shooting on October 20.

The ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, in a statement to the BBC on Wednesday said her office had received information on the alleged crimes.

The examination, ICC said, will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met.”

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

Following the shooting of protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos, a coalition of civil society organisations had asked the ICC to commence a probe of arbitrary killings of the #EndSars protesters at different demonstration grounds across the country.

The group which comprised 30 CSOs in a statement described the killings as unacceptable.