Nigeria pledges support for ICC

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

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Nigeria is cooperating with the International Criminal Court, ICC preliminary examination into issues related to insurgency in the North East to ensure the process is forthrightly concluded.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this on Monday when he received a delegation from the ICC led by its prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

At the meeting held to discuss Nigeria’s support and cooperation with the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC, the Vice President emphasised that the Nigerian Government remained committed to its obligations under the Rome Statute.

Judicial Inquiry
Referring to the work of the judicial inquiry set by the Nigerian government to address some preliminary issues raised by the ICC, Osinbajo said, “we have done quite a lot to prove that we are determined to fulfill our obligation under the Statute. 

“And I want to say that, on behalf of the Nigerian government, we respect the process, and there is no reluctance on our part at all.

“Again, let me say that Nigeria is committed to our obligations and the process under the Rome Statute; we are strong supporters of the Statute and the work of the ICC.”

The ICC Prosecutor, Bensouda, said: “Since the Court started the preliminary examination, we have had full cooperation and support from the Nigerian government and authorities, we have also engaged as much as possible.”

Other top government officials at the meeting included the Director-General, Department of State Services, DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi; and the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Akpata.

 

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