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Terrorism: AGF seeks ICC, AU’s support

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA — The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, yesterday, bemoaned the increasing spate of terrorist activities in the country, even as he solicited the collaborative support of International Criminal Court, ICC, and the African Union, AU, towards stemming the tide and prosecuting terrorist financiers.

While flagging-off the 51st session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation, AALGO, in Abuja, yesterday, Adoke said it was high time the ICC paid closer attention to the worsening security situation in Nigeria.

He said: “As you are aware, Nigeria has recently been grappling with the challenges occasioned by piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and terrorism in the northern part of the country, we therefore hope to benefit from incisive analysis to effectively combat international crime,”

According to the AGF, despite the large number of African state parties to the Rome status of the ICC, the relationship between the organisation and AU has remained less satisfactory.

“We must, therefore, continue to render support to one another and take advantage of our unique skills and competencies to enhance the well being of our people,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Executive Secretary of AALCO, Prof. Rahmat Muhammed, in his opening remarks, said the conference would deliberate on important issues concerning member nations, saying the organisation was committed towards ensuring peace and good governance among its member states.

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