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
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
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.