ICC begins war crime probes on Army/Shi’ites clashes, others in Nigeria

ICC begins war crime probes on Army/Shi’ites clashes, others in Nigeria

- The ICC said it is investigating possible war crimes in some clashes and communal violence in Nigeria

- The international court in its 2019 annual report said one of the clashes being investigated is the one between the Nigerian Army and IMN members

- Another one, according to ICC, is the clash between the Nigerian soldiers and members of a proscribed separationist group from the southeast

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has reportedly disclosed that it is investigating allegations of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in some clashes in Nigeria.

ThisDay reports that the cases listed by the ICC include the clash between Nigerian soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and the clash between the Nigerian soldiers and a proscribed separationist group from the southeast, IPOB.

Legit.ng gathered that this is covered in the international court's 2019 annual report.

The report stated that the potential cases being investigated in Nigeria has increased from eight to 10. Seven of the 10 cases have to do with the Boko Haram insurgency while the remaining three bordered on Nigerian security agencies.

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ICC begins war crime probes on Army, Shi’ites, IPOB clashes in Nigeria

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria protest in Abuja over the detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. Photo credit: Al Jazeera
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The ICC noted in the report that it received 15 communications concerning the clashes and communal violence in Nigeria's north-central and northeast

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a criminal complaint was lodged at the ICC against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed separatist group.

In the complaint, the ICC was also asked to order the arrest and prosecution of Kanu.

Thomas Carroll of GAYLORD POPP, LLC, acting on behalf of the Incorporated Trustees of Make Nigeria Better Initiative (MNBI), in the criminal complaint dated Monday, September 2, 2019, said the separatist group issued a threat to attack President Muhammadu Buhari, during his visit to Japan to attend the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, holding in the city of Yokohama, Japan from August 28 to 30, 2019.

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Similarly, President Buhari in June 2019 said Nigeria would continue to support the ICC in fulfilling its mandates.

The president stated this when he received the Nigerian-born president of the ICC, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari appealed to developed countries to take the ICC “more seriously in order to strengthen the rule of law and democracy”.

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