ICC PROSECUTOR SEEKS FULL WAR CRIMES PROBE INTO NIGERIAN CONFLICT

Written by on December 14, 2020

THE PROSECUTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR ON FRIDAY SAID SHE HAD ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO OPEN A FULL PROBE INTO POSSIBLE WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY COMMITTED IN NIGERIA.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AFTER ALMOST A DECADE OF PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE VIOLENCE IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA WHICH HAS KILLED OVER 30,000 PEOPLE AND DRIVEN OVER 2 MILLION FROM THEIR HOMES.

BOKO HARAM MILITANTS HAVE WAGED A LONG BLOODY INSURGENCY WITH THE AIM OF CREATING AN ISLAMIC STATE.

PROSECUTOR FATOU BENSOUDA SAID THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE CRIMES WERE BY NON-STATE ACTORS BUT THAT A PROBE INTO THE ACTIONS OF THE NIGERIAN MILITARY WAS NEEDED.


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