An online petition has been launched against the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu calling for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest and prosecute him over alleged crimes against humanity.
The petition was initiated on Monday, 13th October 2020 by a Nigerian born lawyer, Amadi Chima has 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.
Fresh 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, arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killings.
Although the police IG dissolved the unit, protesters insist on concrete steps that would ensure the reform of the security agency as well as justice for victims of brutality.
Now in its fifth day, videos and pictures shared on social media also showed police officers dispersing protesters with teargas and live bullets.
The petition, registered here, stated 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 defenceless 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.