Nigeria pledges to remain in ICC

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The Federal Government on Thursday said Nigeria has no intention of withdrawing its membership from the International Criminal Court, ICC.

This was contained in a statement by the acting spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jane Adams. on Thursday in Abuja.

Adams stated that Nigeria was poised towards improving the working methods of the court for efficient delivery of its mandate in the service of humanity and equitable justice.

She said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs observed the recent developments on withdrawal of membership of the ICC by some African countries, describing the actions as national decisions.

South Africa, Gambia, and Burundi had in October announced their intent to withdraw from the ICC.

According to the spokesperson, the ICC represents the hope and aspirations of millions of people around the world.

She said that Nigeria as a state party to the Rome Statute believed that the court represents an international mechanism for ensuring justice for all.

“Nigeria remains a signatory to the Rome Statute adopted on 17th July 1998 and which entered into force in July 1, 2002. Nigeria deposited its instrument on 27thSeptember, 2001.

“Many members States of The UN, not just Africans are not yet signatories and state parties of the statute.

“Though non membership does not protect anyone from prosecution by the court as the UN Security Council can refer cases to the Court, the time has however come to call on all member states who have not yet signed the Rome Statute to consider becoming signatories to the statute.

“It is only by working together that we can ensure that the court effectively performs its functions and serves humanity faithfully,” she stated.

Nigeria, according to her, underscores the ideals and objectives which inspired the creation of ICC.

Ms. Adams said this include fighting impunity and ensuring that perpetrators of crimes such as war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity are brought to justice.

“A strengthened, reinvigorated and fine-tuned ICC as a symbol of the International Criminal system has an important role to play to offer solace to victims of heinous despicable and dastardly crimes.

“It will also make the perpetrators of those crimes know that there is no rest for the wicked.

“We collectively owe it as a duty to this and future generations, to give voice to the voiceless,” she said.

(NAN)


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  • thusspokez

    The Federal Government on Thursday said Nigeria has no intention of withdrawing its membership from the International Criminal Court, ICC

    Mumu Nigerian government.

  • FEMI A USA

    “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” Ms. Jane your argument is not logical. It’s appropriate our country to be a signatory to racist court? Had you ever thought that you and others submitted the sovereignty of the Nation. Had you ever thought while USA and others did not be signatory this agency because it does not condone any body to prosecute its citizenry because they are smart while Nigeria is in opposite. Many in that Nation are afraid to query the authority and coming from your colonial pink skin must be right. Those are opting out are well aware of their freedom and intrusion to their internal affairs while Nigeria does not care about it. If UN can refer any case to this Agency while being in part of it? Oyinbo made us done it? Had anyone query why there is/are no prosecution on collateral damages in Syria, Libya, Iraq Mosul, Afghan etc. Many of you and presidency in Africa do not know better. Does anyone petition this Agency to find the perpetrator/s who killed Gadafi of Libya? “She and others came they saw and he died” Is that not crime against Humanity? Sadam Hussein of Iraq many are mute on these fellows death.

  • Capt

    Nigeria don’t obey court orders, so remaining or not makes no difference

    • Rommel

      Which court orders does Nigeria not obey, is it court orders bought with money or?

      • Capt

        I know your type. It is bought with money when it doesn’t favor you and it wasn’t when it favors you. #Continue

  • Ojeleye Iyiola

    ICC needs to proof to the world that its actions are not against certain continents,races and persons.

  • Ronald Gowe

    Thumbs up to this government for another good decision.