The massive #EndSArs protest across Nigeria as triggered an online petition against the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest and prosecute him over alleged crimes against humanity.
Amadi Chima, a Nigerian-born lawyer initiated the petition on Monday, 13th October 2020, the petition has so far garnered nearly over 110 000 signatures less than 15hours after it was initiated.
This petition accused the police IG of “unleashing war” against Nigerians protesting abuse of human rights by the police.
Recent cases of police brutality triggered protests calling for an end to the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), which has been accused of excessive use of force, extortion, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial killings of innocent citizens.
Steps have already been taken by the IG and the Nigerian government to reform SARS starting with the disbandment of the Police unit, but aggrieved protesters are insisting on concrete steps that would ensure the genuine reform of the security agency as well as justice for victims of brutality.
As the protest continues across the country videos and pictures shared on social media also showed police officers dispersing protesters with teargas and live bullets.
The petition states that at least 10 protesters have been killed in various parts of the country, and urged the ICC to order the IGP’s arrest.
“The Nigerian Police under the leadership of the IG of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has unleashed war against defenseless and innocent Nigerian youths whose only crimes were demanding an end to extortions, harassments, illegal arrests, detentions, and wanton killings by the rogue police unit, SARS,” the petition read.