International Human Right Commission (IHRC) has endorsed Justice Ishaq Bello, Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to represent Nigeria in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The endorsement was announced by the Secretary-General, IHRC, Prof. Rafal Wasik, when he led his team to visit the Chief Judge in his office yesterday in Abuja.
Wasik, who was represented by the Country Representative, Amb. Friday Sani, said Bello’s nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari to represent Nigeria at ICC was a good decision.
“Considering the role you played during the lockdown in the country to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in which you put your life and lives of other judges on the line.
“Also, by setting up mobile courts to uphold the right of Nigerians and this has since attracted the world headquarters.
“Be rest assured that I shall mobilise our diplomatic ties with countries in the world in support of your election into the international court.
“Therefore, I have concluded to pronounce an endorsement of your nomination on behalf of IHRC,’’he said.
Wasik, however, urged the Justice to assign a particular judge to deal with the rising cases of rape and maltreatment of children that has become rampart in the country.
Bello, in his response appreciated IHRC and Buhari for finding him worthy to be nominated to serve as a judge at ICC.
The judge, who assured IHRC of a robust partnership that would bring about the defense and protection of human rights in the country, assured the visitors that all prayers presented before him would be granted