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Saraki, Ekweremadu Congratulates Newly Elected Nigerian Judge Of ICC



Senate President Bukola Saraki has today, 12 March congratulated Mr Chile Eboe-Osuji, a Nigerian Judge, on his election as the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Recall Naija News earlier reported that Mr Chile Eboe-Osuji, a Nigerian Judge, was elected as the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Saraki who was impressed, noted that that this is the first time a Nigerian would be elected president of ICC.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja He (Saraki) said the Judges appointment was a positive development for Nigeria.

He explained that the newly assumed position of Eboe-Osuji during the 10th session of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC, at the UN Headquarters in New York, shows that Nigerians knew the nitty-gritty and had what it takes to lead in both local and international arena.

Saraki said he was sure that the Judge was up to the task “No doubt, the Presidency of the ICC represents a huge responsibility. It is my hope that Eboe-Osuji will help lead the Court to new levels of successes in the next three years,” Saraki said.

Similarly, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said the election of Eboe-Osuji as the President of the ICC was an achievement for Nigeria and the entire Africa.

In a Statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Mr Uche Anichukwu, He said Eboe-Osuji’s emergence as President of the Court did not come as a surprise, given the jurist’s pedigree and wealth of experience.

“I congratulate you most warmly on this well deserved honour done to you and indeed Nigeria and Africa as a “whole.

“Your emergence is indeed a boost to the determination of the ICC and the global community to end genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression as well as help the victims to find justice.

“You were well prepared for the elevation and onerous task by your sound education and experience.

“You distinguished yourself both as a prosecution counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and also as a senior legal officer to the Tribunal’s judges.

“You also excelled in your service at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Legal Advisor to the UN High

Commissioner for Human Rights in addition to the high profile cases you have been involved with since assuming office as a judge of the Court in 2012,” Ekweremadu added.

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