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I Will Submit Myself To Hague – Nnamdi Kanu
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I Will Submit Myself To Hague – Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has declared his readiness to stand trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC, in Hague, if defending Biafrans against unprovoked genocidal attacks by killer herdsmen and terrorists would warrant his appearance at the ICC. Kanu who made the declaration on a live broadcast on Radio Biafra Sunday night, regretted that harassments and extrajudicial killings by security agencies have continued unabated across Biafra land. The IPOB Leader said that the world had maintained criminal silence over the plight of Biafrans despite complaints and petitions by IPOB as well as indicting reports against the Nigerian Authorities and security agencies by some reputable global agencies including the UN reporter on human right...
Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru
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Why Senate Confirmed Ex-Service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Sen Bashiru

The Nigerian Senate has explained why the upper legislative chamber ignored petitions and complaints against former service chiefs and hurriedly confirmed their ambassadorial nominations. The former military commanders whose appointment were confirmed are: the former Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin; former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Air Staff, Ibok Ibas; and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique. They resigned late January and were immediately replaced with Leo Irabor, new Chief of Defence Staff; I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; A.Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and I.O. Amao, Chief of Air Force. Days after leaving office, the International Criminal Court (ICC) acknowledged petitions against them for their alleged sadistic conducts ...
Nigerians Head AFDB, OPEC, WTO And Other International Organizations
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Nigerians Head AFDB, OPEC, WTO And Other International Organizations

His Excellency Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo of Nigeria assumed office today in his role as Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. Dr Akinwumi "Akin" Adesina is the President of the African Development Bank. He previously served as Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Amina J Mohammed is a Nigerian diplomat and politician who is serving as the fifth Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, she was Nigerian Minister of Environment from 2015 Chile Eboe-Osuji (born 1962) is a judge of the International Criminal Court, The Hague since March 2012 and was elected as President on 11 March 2018. His election into the Presidency of the International Criminal Court ...
Deji Adeyanju Drags Buratai To ICC, Demands His Arrest & Prosecution
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Deji Adeyanju Drags Buratai To ICC, Demands His Arrest & Prosecution

The Concerned Nigerians Group has filed a petition at the International Criminal Court (ICC), demanding the arrest and prosecution of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over allegations of human rights violations and crimes against humanity while he was in office. Buratai alongside the other service chiefs were removed from office on Tuesday, January 26. The group in a letter filed by its Convener, Deji Adeyanju, asked the ICC to investigate, arrest and prosecute Buratai to serve as a deterrent to others who have made it a point of duty to ''indiscriminately abuse the rights of Nigerians.'' The letter addressed to Fatou Bensouda, the court’s Chief Prosecutor reads: “We write to call on the International Criminal Court and all lovers of democracy and human r...
ICC Confirms Buratai, Other Sacked Military Chiefs’ Cases With Their Prosecutor
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ICC Confirms Buratai, Other Sacked Military Chiefs’ Cases With Their Prosecutor

The International Criminal Court has said that the matter of the trial of the outgone Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai; former Chief of Defence Chief, General Abayomi Olonisakin; former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is with its prosecutor. The ICC stated this on Thursday evening in a mail sent to SaharaReporters by its Spokesperson, Fadi El-Abdallah. The ICC further directed SaharaReporters to contact its prosecutor for more details on the trial and prosecution of the former military chiefs. Since Tuesday, a cross-section of Nigerians has started to demand the probe and trial of Buratai, and the other service chiefs for alleged abuse of office. Nigerians particularly said the army chie...
Lekki Killings: Our Case With CNN Far From Over – Lai Mohammed
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Lekki Killings: Our Case With CNN Far From Over – Lai Mohammed

The federal government on Monday said its case with US-based Cable News Network (CNN), in which it wrote a petition demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism is far from over. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information said though CNN acknowledged receipt of the petition, it is yet to respond on steps to take to prevent future reoccurrence of fake news against Nigeria. The Federal Government had insisted that the military men did not shoot at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, describing the alleged mass killings as a massacre without bodies. The Minister also warned the International Crimi...
ICC Opens Inquiry Into Crimes Committed During #EndSARS Protests
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ICC Opens Inquiry Into Crimes Committed During #EndSARS Protests

The International Criminal Court (ICC) says it has opened a preliminary inquiry into the demonstrations against harassment and brutality by the police. According to BBC, the ICC said it had received information on alleged crimes during the protests, which were organised under the #EndSARS campaign. In October, many Nigerians took to the streets to call for an end to police brutality. In response to the protests, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), announced the dissolution of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) — a unit that had been accused of extrajudicial killings. The ICC said the inquiry will begin with “whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”. The development is coming after a number of civil society or...
EndSars: We Have Received Reports Of Crimes – ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda
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EndSars: We Have Received Reports Of Crimes – ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda

The International Criminal Court has received reports of crimes during the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria. ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, made this known in a statement posted on the Twitter handle of the organisation. She noted that the court is monitoring developments from the # EndSARS protests in Nigeria . Bensouda said: My office has been closely following the events around the current protests in Nigeria and the reaction of Nigeria ’ s law enforcement and security agencies. Any loss of life and injury is concerning . We have received information alleging crimes and are keeping a close eye on developments, in case violence escalates and any indications arise that Rome Statute crimes may have been committed. I call for calm and restraint.
Sudan President, Omar Al-Bashir Arrested, Coup Plotters Announce 2-Year Military Rule
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Sudan President, Omar Al-Bashir Arrested, Coup Plotters Announce 2-Year Military Rule

Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese President for 30 years until Wednesday, has been arrested, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf has confirmed. Addressing the Sudanese people on Thursday afternoon, Ibn Auf said al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (CC), had been “taken into custody in a safe place”. He also announced a state of emergency for three months and a transitional period of two years, as well as a national ceasefire and the immediate release of all political prisoners. "Despite all the suffering, despite all the lies, despite all the false promises, the Sudanese were patient, the Sudanese were tolerant, the Sudanese were generous," he said. Ibn Auf also praised the youth of Sudan for "taking to the streets in a very peaceful way”...
SERAP Writes Petition Over Electoral Violence, Ballot Snatching
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SERAP Writes Petition Over Electoral Violence, Ballot Snatching

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over electoral violence during Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly Election. SERAP in a letter dated 25 February 2019 signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare urged Buhari to refer cases of electoral violence, killings in states like Rivers, Lagos and Oyo to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The organisation noted that this will serve as a deterrent to offenders and justice to those killed during electoral process. The statement read: “We urge President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately refer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) pursuant to article 13 of the Rome Statute to which Nigeria is a state party, all allegations of election-related ...
War Song: PDP Asks ICC To Place Rotimi Ameachi On Watch List
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War Song: PDP Asks ICC To Place Rotimi Ameachi On Watch List

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the International Criminal Court to immediately list the DG of the Buhari Campaign Organization and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, for inciting violence with war songs at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Rivers state. According to the party, the threat of violence by Amaechi came few days after Buhari called on his supporters to get ready to fight; as well as threat by elrufai, who declared that GDI members will return to their countries in body bags, have all exposed APC’s plot against peaceful polls. Other News: Pictures of Mammoth Crowds that Attended Atiku Rally in Lagos State. “It is completely reprehensible that Amaechi, who had the privilege of governing Rivers state for 8 years, will resort to importing thugs ...
Fear Of ICC Made Jonathan To Concede Defeat – Falana
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Fear Of ICC Made Jonathan To Concede Defeat – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), said the real reason former President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in 2015 was because of the arrest and prosecution warning issued by the International Criminal Court ahead of the elections. He said prior to the elections, ICC had warned that should there be any violence and crimes against humanity, any leader responsible would be arrested and prosecuted the same way the ex-President of Cote d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, was prosecuted. According to a statement made available to journalists on Monday, Falana said this at the inauguration of the League of Anambra Professionals Legal Defence Initiative, held in Lagos over the weekend. The lawyer added that for fear of ICC, no Nigerian leader dared annul election again like a former He...
Nigerian Army Reacts To ICC Accusation Of War Crimes
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Nigerian Army Reacts To ICC Accusation Of War Crimes

The Nigerian Army has issued a statement reacting to a recent accusation of War Crimes levelled against it reportedly by the International Criminal Court, ICC. Below is a full statement made available to PoliticsNGR signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Kusheka; "The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a front page news story of Daily Independent newspaper of today, Tuesday 11th December 2018, with the headline “NIGERIAN ARMY IS GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES -ICC”, written by one Austin Oboh. According to the paper, “The International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that Nigerian army is guilty of war crimes against humanity.” This is not true. The Nigerian Army has not been accused of any wrong doing let alone being arraigned before any court. It is therefo...
Nigerian Army Has Committed War Crimes Against Humanity, Says ICC
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Nigerian Army Has Committed War Crimes Against Humanity, Says ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) who released an annual report on preliminary examination activities (2018), stated that the Nigerian army has committed war crimes against humanity. According to the ICC, it has received “a total of 169 communications” from Nigeria and its assessment has shown that security forces in Nigeria have committed war crimes varying from murder, torture, and intentionally attacking the civilian population. “Specifically, the Office found a reasonable basis to believe that the NSF committed the war crimes of murder pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i); torture, cruel treatment pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i); outrages upon personal dignity pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(ii); and intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population,” the ICC said. ...
Rule Of Law And Security (1) By Femi Falana
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Rule Of Law And Security (1) By Femi Falana

  From 1984-1999, I was subjected to constant harassment by the security and intelligence community in Nigeria. Not for posing any threat to national security or for contributing to the economic adversity of the country. But for teaming up with other patriotic forces to challenge  unbridled corruption, unabashed executive lawlessness, gross human rights abuse and other illegal activities which subverted national  security and endangered the welfare of the people of Nigeria under successive military regimes. Owing to the refusal of the civilian wing of the political class to demilitarize  the  polity there has been unsettled debate over the primacy of national security  over the rule of law. Majority of political office holders in the country are not committed to the observance of th...
President Buhari returns to Abuja from Netherlands
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President Buhari returns to Abuja from Netherlands

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after a successful 3-day official visit to The Hague, Netherlands, where he delivered a Keynote Address at the 20th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Alhaji Bashir Ahmed, President Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, confirmed this development on his twitter page on Wednesday in Abuja. While addressing the ICC on Tuesday, President Buhari assured the international community of a free, fair and peaceful 2019 general elections in Nigeria. He maintained that under his watch, the tragic incidents that characterized the 2011 general elections, necessitating preliminary investigations by the ICC would not happen again in Nigeria. He also met with Shell CEO and discussions focused on investments in deep water...
Nigerian Emerges President Of ICC
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Nigerian Emerges President Of ICC

A Nigerian jurist at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been elected president of the war crimes tribunal. Chile Eboe-Osuji, who became the first Nigerian to be elevated to the court in 2012, would serve as ICC president for the next three years. The announcement was contained in a statement posted on ICC website yesterday.
Obasanjo Leaves Buhari Out Of African Presidents Offering Transformational Leadership
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Obasanjo Leaves Buhari Out Of African Presidents Offering Transformational Leadership

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo commended some African leaders during a major speech on leadership at Oxford University on Monday but left out the president of his own country. The former president named three African countries whose leaders, he said, are taking progressive economic measures and recording giant strides in line with the demands of the 21st century. He specifically cited President Allassane Ouatarra for “focusing on transformative potential in Côte d’Ivoire.” Mr. Ouatarra took immmeidate steps to heal the country following the violence that greeted his election in 2011, Mr. Obasanjo said. Over 3,000 deaths were recorded in the post-election violence that hit the French-speaking West African country after the incumbent Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down, citin...
Turkey Laughs Off Demand To Arrest Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir
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Turkey Laughs Off Demand To Arrest Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir

Turkey ‘laughed off’ a demand from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest Sudan’s wanted leader when he attended a summit in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was quoted as saying, on Thursday. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, on December 13, attended a summit of Islamic nations called by Erdogan to denounce US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Erdogan told Turkish reporters in an interview that the ICC wrote a letter to Turkey saying it had information Bashir was in Istanbul for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit and he should be arrested and handed over to the court. There was no immediate confirmation from the ICC, which is currently in recess, th...
Uhuru Kenyatta: Back At The Helm Of A Divided Nation
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Uhuru Kenyatta: Back At The Helm Of A Divided Nation

Uhuru Kenyatta, who was sworn in on Tuesday for a second and final term after a bruising election season, is the son of Kenya’s founding president and a man who epitomises the country’s elite. The 56-year-old US-educated multi-millionaire, whose family owns an array of businesses, properties and land, followed in his father’s footsteps when he defeated his rival Raila Odinga to become president in 2013. However, securing a second term required an acrimonious and drawn-out process that has split the nation, handing him the tricky task of trying to heal deep tribal and political schisms. At his inauguration in front of a capacity crowd at the 60 000-seat Kasarani stadium, he said: “I will devote my time and energy to build bridges, to unite and bring prosperity.” He also acknowle...
Ugandan Civil Society Seeks Arrest Of Visiting Al-Bashir
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Ugandan Civil Society Seeks Arrest Of Visiting Al-Bashir

Ugandan civil society will be approaching the country’s courts to have Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, arrested. Al-Bashir landed in Uganda on Monday. The Ugandan Coalition for the ICC said civil society group Uganda Victims Foundation had filed an application seeking an arrest warrant for al-Bashir. The application will be heard at the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon. Al-Bashir is in Uganda on an official state visit from November 13 to 15. The Sudanese president has two outstanding arrest warrants issued by the ICC in 2009 and 2010 on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in Darfur, Sudan, where it is estimated ...
Burundi Becomes First Country To Withdraw From International Criminal Court
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Burundi Becomes First Country To Withdraw From International Criminal Court

East African nation, Burundi is the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. An ICC spokesman confirmed that the pull out takes effect Friday, a year after the East African nation notified the United Nations secretary-general of its intention to leave the court that prosecutes the world's worst atrocities. Burundi is the only one of three African nations to go ahead with its withdrawal after making moves last year to leave amid accusations that the court focuses too much on the continent. In March South Africa's withdrawal was revoked while Gambia's new government reversed its withdrawal in February. Burundi's withdrawal doesn't affect the preliminary examination of the country's situation already underway by the court's prosecutor, ICC spokesman Fadi El...
ICC Investigates War Crimes In Mali – Fatou Bensouda
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ICC Investigates War Crimes In Mali – Fatou Bensouda

The International Criminal Court said on Wednesday it was investigating several potential war crimes including murder in Mali, months after finding an ex-jihadist guilty and liable for millions worth of damage in the landlocked country. “Our investigations are continuing (into) other crimes… sexual crimes and crimes against peacekeepers, killings and all those,” ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters in Bamako. TAKEOVER The Hague-based tribunal said in August that ex-jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi caused 2.7 million euros worth of damage when he destroyed several fabled shrines in Timbuktu, in northern Mali, during the jihadist takeover there in 2012. The judges further ordered that the Malian state as well as the international community be compensated with a symbo...
Nigeria To Exit 90 International Bodies Over High Membership Cost
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Nigeria To Exit 90 International Bodies Over High Membership Cost

The Federal Government says it has begun the process of terminating its membership of 90 international organisations out of the 310 organisations it belongs to. The decision is coming after accumulating a backlog of $120m in membership dues and other financial commitments which costs the nation an average of $70m annually. The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja on Wednesday. Adeosun, who briefed journalists alongside the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the cabinet considered the report of an inter-ministerial committee which made the recommendations. Although she did not name the organisations which Nigeria would be cutting ties with, Adeosun disclos...
Fayose To Lai: Name Treasury Looters Sponsoring IPOB
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Fayose To Lai: Name Treasury Looters Sponsoring IPOB

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to name the “treasury looters” that he claimed were sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He said “it is high time Nigerians begin to hold the Information Minister accountable for his frivolous claims.” Governor Fayose, who said the Information Minister was fast assuming the position of the “Liar-General” of the federation, having lied to gain power and still lying to sustain it, pointed out that “more than 20 months after he claimed that 55 Nigerians stole over N1.34 trillion from the country’s treasury from 2006 to 2013, Lai Mohammed is yet to tell Nigerians who the 55 people are.” In a statement issued on Tuesday, by the Governor’s Special Assistant...
Burundi Officials Are Liable For Crimes Against Humanity – UN
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Burundi Officials Are Liable For Crimes Against Humanity – UN

Burundian officials at the highest level should be held accountable for crimes against humanity, and a list of suspects has been drawn up, a U.N. Commission of Inquiry said on Monday. The commission said there were reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity had been committed since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a new term in office, triggering a descent into chaos and violence. “The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that the above-mentioned crimes against humanity are attributable primarily to State officials at the highest level and to senior officers and members of the National Intelligence Service, the police, the army and the Imbonerakure,” the report said. The Imbonerakure, the youth league of the ruling party, rece...
Quit Notice: Igbo Group Drags Arewa Youths, Others To ICC
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Quit Notice: Igbo Group Drags Arewa Youths, Others To ICC

An Igbo group, the Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF), has said that it would drag the leadership of Arewa Youths to the International Criminal Court [ICC], Hague, and a Nigerian court, to answer questions bothering on its quit notice to the Igbo living in the North. Also to be included in the proposed suit were their sponsors including undisclosed top government officials in the northern sharia states. According to the group, the legal action was aimed at mounting judicial pressure to restrain Arewa youths, their sponsors and supporters including officials of the Northern governments, from executing their threat of quit notice and takeover of properties owned by Ndigbo in the Arewa territories planned for October 1 this year. In a statement issued to newsmen, in Abakaliki, and ...
Boris Johnson Visits Libya’s Haftar, Urges Him To Stick To Ceasefire
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Boris Johnson Visits Libya’s Haftar, Urges Him To Stick To Ceasefire

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar during a visit to Benghazi on Thursday and urged him to stick to a ceasefire announced in Paris last month and to back U.N.-led efforts to end Libya’s conflict. Johnson’s visit is the latest show of growing Western recognition of Haftar, who has long been supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for his anti-Islamist stance. Haftar is the dominant figure in eastern Libya and since early last year has spurned the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital, Tripoli, while making military gains on the ground. The GNA, hampered by infighting and its failure to win endorsement from eastern-based factions, has largely failed to extend its authority or end the turmoil that developed aft...
SERAP Asks ICC To Investigate Alleged Missing N11trn Electricity Fund
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SERAP Asks ICC To Investigate Alleged Missing N11trn Electricity Fund

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC), to use her “good offices and leadership position to investigate whether the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999 and under the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria amount to crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and to prevail on the Nigerian government to surrender all suspected perpetrators for trial by the ICC.” Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute and deposited its instrument of ratification on 27 September 2001. In the petition dated 16 ...
Enough Evidence To Convict Syria’s Assad Of War Crimes – Prosecutor
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Enough Evidence To Convict Syria’s Assad Of War Crimes – Prosecutor

A UN commission probing Syria rights abuses has gathered enough evidence to convict President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes, an outgoing member of the commission said in interviews published Sunday. Veteran former war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, who is preparing to step down after five years serving in the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss media the evidence against Assad was sufficient to secure a war crimes conviction. “I am convinced of that,” she told Le Matin Dimanche and the Sonntagszeitung weeklies, adding though that with no international court or prosecutor tasked with trying the Syria war crimes cases, justice would remain elusive. “That is why the situation is so frustrating. The preparatory work has been done, but nevertheless, there is no prosecutor...
Kenya’s President Urges Electorates To Vote In Peace
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Kenya’s President Urges Electorates To Vote In Peace

Polls have opened in Kenya’s general election amid fears that the result could trigger communal violence. On the eve of the vote, President Uhuru Kenyatta appealed for calm in a televised speech. He urged the 19 million registered voters to turn out in great numbers, but to “do so in peace”. Queues formed early outside many polling stations. The contest pits Kenyatta against his long-time rival, Raila Odinga, and is seen as too close to call. Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya’s founding president, is seeking a second and final term in office. The final week of campaigning has been marred by the murder of a top election official and claims of vote-rigging. Observers say the leading candidates both avoided inflammatory speeches as polling day drew closer. In 2007 more ...
ICC To Rule If South Africa Broke Rules By Not Arresting Sudan’s Bashir
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ICC To Rule If South Africa Broke Rules By Not Arresting Sudan’s Bashir

War crimes judges will Thursday hand down an eagerly anticipated ruling on whether South Africa flouted international law by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in 2015, wanted for genocide in Darfur. The landmark decision will serve as a blueprint for future cooperation between countries and the International Criminal Court, experts say. It will also highlight that the tribunal based in The Hague can only function with the support of its member states and the backing of the UN Security Council. “The ruling is… fundamental for future compliance,” said Carsten Stahn, international criminal law professor at Leiden University. A decision against South Africa “would send an important message that states cannot negotiate (their) legal obligations with the court,” he ...
Zintan Military Council Rejects Freeing Saif Gaddafi
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Zintan Military Council Rejects Freeing Saif Gaddafi

The military and city council of the Libyan city Zintan (180 km southeast Tripoli) on Sunday objected on the release of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, who has been freed by the militia detaining him in the city, a statement released by the council said. “The military and city councils of Zintan strongly condemn the statement of the Information Office of Abu-Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, regarding the illegal release of the detainee Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, which claims that the release was based on the amnesty law,” the statement said. “This act is collusion and betrayal to the martyrs and a stab to the military establishment that they claim to belong to,” the statement added. A militia from Zintan called Abu-Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, which was detaining Gaddafi, announced on Saturday they free...
Gaddafi’s Son Saif Al Islam Freed From Prison In Zintan
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Gaddafi’s Son Saif Al Islam Freed From Prison In Zintan

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from prison, according to fighters who control the facility. A statement from the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion, a militia which controls Zintan, a mountainous region southwest of the capital Tripoli, said Saif al-Islam was released late on Saturday. The most prominent of Gaddafi’s sons, Saif al-Islam, 44, was captured in Zintan in November 2011 as he was fleeing to neighbouring Niger after opposition fighters seized Tripoli. Saif al-Islam, the most prominent of Gaddafi’s eight children, was sentenced to death in July 2015 by a court in Tripoli in a mass trial of former Gaddafi government officials. He is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and crimes against ...
ICC Prosecutor Renews Call For Al Bashir’s Arrest
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ICC Prosecutor Renews Call For Al Bashir’s Arrest

The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, has called for arrest and handing over of Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir over alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ms. Bensouda made the call at a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan, according to a statement obtained in New York. The ICC prosecutor particularly slammed South Africa and Jordan for failing to arrest Al Bashir over crimes committed in the Darfur region of Sudan when he travelled to the countries. She said a pre-trial chamber of the Court plans to decide whether South Africa acted in non-compliance with the Statute when it failed to arrest and surrender Al Bashir in June 2015. Most recently, Mr. Al Bashir travelled to Jordan on March 29, 20...
Alleged N2.2bn Fraud: Court Shifts Trial Of S-Court Registrar, 2 Others To Dec 15
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Alleged N2.2bn Fraud: Court Shifts Trial Of S-Court Registrar, 2 Others To Dec 15

An Abuja High Court at Jabi has deferred the arraignment of the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mr. Saleh Gambo and two other top officials of the apex court accused of complicity in N2.2 billion fraud, till December 15. The trial, which was to commence yesterday, was adjourned, following the absence of the second defendant, Sharif Abdulrahman, in court. Abdulrahman, who is currently the Deputy Director of Finance at the Supreme Court, was said to have been hospitalised in an undisclosed hospital. Equally charged before the court over the alleged fraud was the Assistant Director of Finance at the apex court, Rilwanu Lawal. The trio were to enter their pleas to a nine-count criminal charge the Federal Government entered against them before trial Justice A.B. Mohammed. However, when th...

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