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Lekki Shooting: Why ICC has to wait before intervening – Falana

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has said the International Criminal Court (ICC) must be patient before probing the recent shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the office of the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday said it has started a preliminary investigation into the alleged killings and rights abuse of #EndSARS protesters in Nigeria.

Bensouda added that the court has received information on alleged crimes committed by security operatives in Nigeria during the protests.

But in a statement on Thursday, Falana said the ICC has to wait a while before it starts its investigation into the matter. The Human rights activist asked the ICC to confirm whether the Nigerian government is prepared to bring perpetrators of unlawful killings in the #EndSARS protests to book.

Falana noted that the only grounds the ICC could intervene is if the federal and the Lagos state governments fail to prosecute the security operatives responsible for the shooting and killing of the unarmed protesters.

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