The chief prosecutor of the ICC has said that the tribunal is ready to begin investigating Nigerian security agencies for “crimes against humanity” and violations of the rules of war, according to TheCable.
The ICC is an international tribunal indicting serious terrorism and human rights abuses. Headquartered in Switzerland.
This comes at a time when there are widespread allegations that security forces in the northeast and other parts of Nigeria are abusing civilians.
We reported earlier that the Office of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has pinpointed 10 possible cases of human rights violations and war crimes in its end of the year report on preliminary examination activities.
TheCable reports that the document does not provide specific allegations or allegations to be investigated by the court, however, stating that “there is sufficient evidence to be investigated by the ICC .“
The prosecutor’s office said the ICC had conducted a thorough investigation and investigated allegations of mass killings, abuse and abuse.
Fatou Bensouda, a prosecutor at the ICC, 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 crime.“
The crimes include “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”.
Source: Naija News