The International Criminal Court has for the first time acknowledged that it is looking into the infamous Zaria massacre of December 2015 in Kaduna, Nigeria, acting on its jurisdiction to try crimes that contravene the Rome Statute.
The Court’s position was contained in a report emanating from the Office of the Prosecutor, titled ‘Report on Preliminary Examination Activities 2016’.
The Report also stated that the Court will not be prosecuting either Boko Haram or the Nigerian government for gender based crimes and crimes against humanity. It stressed that it wouldn’t be trying Boko Haram crimes because the crimes committed by the terrorist group “fall under the Court’s jurisdiction may be prosecuted under the 2011 and 2013 Terrorism Acts by the Attorney-General of the Federation.”
The Office of the Prosecutor also disclosed that it was aware that there were anti-terrorism cases before the Federal High Court and that some of them have led to convictions.
The Report also ruled out investigation against the Nigerian government for its actions against Pro Biafra protesters and the Niger-Delta Avengers.
It will be recalled that in December 2015, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria had at least hundreds of its members massacred by men of the Nigerian Army after there had been a confrontation between some of its members and the Chief of Army Staff.
The leader of the group, Alhaji El-Zakzaky and his wife reportedly suffered bullet wounds and have since been in detention without trial.