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Thursday, June 25, 2020

President Buhari Nominates FCT Chief Judge for International Criminal Court

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari nominated the incumbent Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Justice Ishaq Usman Bello as the nation’s candidate to be Judge of the International Criminal Court, Hague.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) which began functioning on 1 July 2002, is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

The elections are scheduled for the nineteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties, to be held at the United Nations, New York, from 7-17 December 2020, the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) will elect six judges to fill one-third of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) 18 judicial seats.

Prior to this nomination, Hon. Ishaq Usman Bello has served on several bar/Bench committees before his appointment as a Member, National Judicial Council. He has also handled huge special responsibilities under the Judiciary including; Chairing Election Petition Tribunals, representing Nigeria and leading brother judges to attend Conferences, symposiums and seminars around the world.

As the Chief Judge of the FCT, Bello paid attention to the de-congestion of prisons in Abuja. He started visiting prisons within his jurisdiction, releasing over forty awaiting trial prisoners in the process.

By the end of October 2017, he was appointed as the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Prison Reforms and De-congestion, now Presidential Committee on Correctional Service Reforms and De-congestion, by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

The committee’s responsibility was to lead the reform processes of the Nigerian prison system.


  1. Of course he nominated a Muslim.

  2. Congratulations to him. Let him serve his land

    He just had to wear that Kingdom dance hand gloves 😊😊

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚@ kingdom dance hand gloves

      Oh how I miss the good ol days

  3. I hope he's clean like Mrs Ngozi Iweala. Him never turn judgement up-side-down before..cos our judicial system get as e be.

    I just dey observe.

  4. They have started again! Big big title and positions attained through nepotism and tribalism and none actually earned!
    When they later realize the position would require actual intelligence, then they'd start scampering for some westerner, easterner or southerner that fits the requirements.
    Most likely, this "their candidate" would end up rejected...

    1. Tomorrow you too will say 'Black life matters' yet you are so hypocritical and tribalistic, who says the Westerners, Easterners and Southerners are the only Ethnic group that are Intelligent? Why are you insinuating that the Northerners are daft? So this judge according to you does not meet the requirement simply because he is from the North and not the section you believe is more intelligent or acceptable? You best better stop these unnecessary and blatant ethnic bias and profiling. Yeye dey smell.

    2. thank you

    3. Mama Mia

      You are so on point. Na dem like to carry be title.


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