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Osinbajo, ICC prosecutor hold talk on proposed reforms

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Osinbajo, ICC prosecutor hold talk on proposed reforms

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to overhaul its procedures is a positive step toward improving relations with African countries.

In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said the vice president received ICC Prosecutor Mr Karim Khan, who is on an official tour to Nigeria, on a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa.

The plan to overhaul the international judicial system, according to the vice president, will convince African countries that there is opportunity for discussion and that the ICC is not out to witch hunt any individual or organization.

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According to Osinbajo, creating a framework that builds connections and credibility among member states is critical.

He said there was need to create a sense that everyone could be treated fairly.

In his words, “The steps that you are taking are very crucial.

“For Nigeria, you will get all the cooperation, and at the end of the day, people must feel that the system is just and fair to all.”

Khan had expressed his delight with the visit earlier in his remarks.

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He said it comes at a vital juncture in the region’s history, recognizing Nigeria’s importance in the continent.

Khan added that the ICC would help African countries attain justice through the proposed path for changes, based on the principle of complementarity.

He reaffirmed the ICC’s commitment to working with local authorities to encourage domestic jurisdictions to investigate and prosecute offenders of major international crimes.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Amb. Eniola Ajayi in addition to ICC officials on the Prosecutor’s entourage.

Osinbajo, ICC prosecutor hold talk on proposed reforms

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