International Criminal Court Chief visits Nigeria

Aliyu Othman, Abuja

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Binsaudou will visit Nigeria as part of her Africa tour this week.

The ICC Prosecutor, who stated this in Ghana, explained that she is in Africa to reassure the leaders of their roles in the International Court of Justice.

Binsaudou said International Court of Justice was not out to target African leaders but work with them as partners.

The ICC Chief Prosecutor said her visit to Africa took her to Niger, Senegal, Ghana and will be in Nigeria next week mainly to talk to leaders following last year’s threats by some countries including her home nation The Gambia to quit the ICJ.

It would be recalled that the African Union also had a critical look at the workings of ICJ based on what they considered targeted African leaders accused of violations of human rights.

Binsaudou’s Africa tour was geared to change that position and create closer working relations.

The ICC is investigating more countries on human rights infringements in Africa than any part of the world.

Some of the prosecutions were either initiated by UN or the countries against rebels groups that had been on for over ten years.