ICC: Nigeria’s candidate Bello ranks low among 20 contenders

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Justice Ishaq Bello, who was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari has been ranked low along with six others by an International Criminal Court Committee.

Currently, the only Nigerian on the ICC’s list of 18 judges is Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji.

Justice Ishaq Bello
Justice Ishaq Bello

Justice Ishaq Bello, who was nominated by Buhari to The Hague, was described by the ICC as lacking knowledge of the workings of the court and the Rome statutes.

This is according to a report of the Advisory Committee on Nomination of Judges on the work of its seventh session dated September 30, 2020.

The report states that Bello, who is the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court is fluent in English and knowledgeable in criminal law but seems to lack the required skill needed for the ICC job.

The advisory committee classified all nominees into four categories- highly qualified, qualified, only formally qualified and not qualified.

Justice Bello was designated as ‘only formally qualified’.

The ICC also uploaded Justice Bello’s responses to questions on its website.

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