The United States of America(USA), International Criminal Court(ICC), as well as prominent world leaders have reacted to the current #EndSARS protests, across the country and called for restraint over use of excessive force against unarmed demonstrators.
The US Embassy urged the authorities to thoroughly investigate the shootings at Lekki area Lagos, which occurred Tuesday night.
The Department of State in a release, strongly condemned the use of excessive force to stop the protests.
Similarly the ICC has also expressed concern over alleged crimes. ‘Any loss of life and injury is concerning. We have received information alleging crimes.’
The release from the office of the Spokesperson said: ‘The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury.’
‘We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.’
‘Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law.’
‘The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles.’
‘We call on the security services to show maximum restraint and respect fundamental rights and for demonstrators to remain peaceful.’
‘We extend our condolences to the victims of the violence and their families.’
Meanwhile, the ICC said it has received reports of crimes during #EndSARS demonstrations across the country.
ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, disclosed this in a statement posted on Twitter.
She noted that the court is monitoring developments from the # EndSARS protests in Nigeria.
Bensouda said ‘my office has been closely, following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria’s law enforcement and security agencies.’
‘Any loss of life and injury is concerning. We have received information alleging crimes and are keeping a close eye on developments, in case violence escalates and any indications arise that Rome Statute crimes may have been committed. I call for calm and restraint,’ she added.