IHRC okays FCT Chief Judge as Nigeria’s representative in ICC

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The International Human Right Commission (IHRC) has endorsed Justice Ishaq Bello, Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory as Nigeria’s representative at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Secretary-General, IHRC, Prof. Rafal Wasik who announced the endorsement  in a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge in Abuja urged the Justice to assign a particular judge to deal with the rising cases of rape and maltreatment of children that has become rampant in the country.

Wasik, who was represented by the Country Representative, Amb. Friday Sani said Bello’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent Nigeria at ICC was a good decision urging the nominee to insist on the criminal justice system in Nigeria which disallowed an accused from being detained beyond 24 hours without trial.

The Secretary-General also added that IHRC Nigeria be involved in arbitration to assist in reducing the workload on the judiciary and decongesting the prisons.

“Considering the role you played during the lockdown in the country to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in which you put your life and lives of other judges on line.

“Also, by setting up mobile courts to uphold the right of Nigerians and this has since attracted the world headquarters.

“Be rest assured that I shall mobilize our diplomatic ties with countries in the world in support of your election into the international court.

“Therefore, I have concluded to pronounce an endorsement of your nomination on behalf of IHRC,’’ he said.

Bello, in his response, appreciated IHRC and President Muhammadu Buhari for finding him worthy to be nominated to serve as a judge at ICC.

The judge, who assured IHRC of a robust partnership that would bring about the defense and protection of human rights in the country, assured that all prayers presented before him would be granted.

“In the FCT High Court, I can tell you that we have conceded structural approach that would provide the avenue to address the issues of rape, maltreatment and other related offences.

“For now, we have conceded children and young person’s court to be put in place so that when we have such cases, the children will no longer go to the conventional court.

“We also have a family court which we intend to put in place for re-integration of family members, especially those young ones you see sleeping under the bridges,’’he explained.

IHRC serves as an intergovernmental organization with the intention to bridge the gap between leaders and the led through a high-level diplomatic relations with countries of the world.