Reno Omokri. a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, has petitioned International Criminal Court through change.org platform over the “Lekki massacre”.
As of 20:40, at least 88,000 people have signed the petition, asking the ICC to charge President Muhammadu Buhari for “crime against humanity”.
The petition was filed barely 48hrs after the Lagos State Judiciary Panel of Inquiry submitted its report, which says nine harmless protesters were killed at the Lekki toll gate on October 2, 2020.
The Panel was headed by Doris Okwubi and the report was submitted to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday.
According to the panel’s report, armed soldiers “massacred” unarmed protesters despite several contrary arguments from the Nigerian Government.
Mr Buhari had told the United States Secretary of the State, Antony Blinken on Thursday, that the Government would await the decision of the Lagos State government on the report.
Lagos Governor constituted a four-person panel to scrutinize the report and produce a white paper, local online news, Premium Times report on Friday.
Reno Omokri’s petition reads, “On October 20, 2020, the Buhari administration murdered multiple innocent, unarmed, peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in a massacre that has since been dubbed #LekkiMassacre,” the petition reads.
“These youths were protesting to put an end to the rampant police brutality that had become the hallmark of the Buhari regime, which treats so-called repentant Boko Haram almost like royalty, while coming hard on young Nigerians, sometimes for the flimsiest reason, such as wearing dreadlocks.
“Following the murders of these protesters, the Buhari administration denied that the incident ever occurred. They threatened those, like myself, who insisted, with proof, that this massacre happened. The Government even threatened to jail people who called for those behind the murders to be brought to book.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.