The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Mrs Fatou Bensouda, concluded a two-day visit to Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday,October 14,2019. It was her fourth mission to this situation country.
During her visit, Prosecutor Bensouda met with the Vice President of Nigeria, H.E. Mr Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss the Nigerian Government’s support and cooperation with the preliminary examination of the situation in Nigeria currently being conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor.
The Prosecutor reiterated her commitment to this process, and updated the Vice President on the status of the preliminary examination.
She underscored that in accordance with the principle of complementarity, the primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute crimes allegedly committed by Boko Haram and the Nigerian security forces falls on the Nigerian authorities.
The Prosecutor welcomed the submission of additional information on national proceedings from the Nigerian Government to facilitate her Office’s ongoing analysis and assessment of the applicable Rome Statute criteria.
The Vice-President reaffirmed Nigeria’s firm commitment to the ICC and assured of its continued cooperation with the Office.
This was first published on the International Criminal Court website.