FG, ICC Denies Alleged Witch Hunting Of Africa Leaders
President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has denied allegation of witch hunt of African countries as being insinuated in some quarters.
Eboe-Osuji, a Nigerian, said this in Abuja when fielding questions from newsmen after a courtesy visit on the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Debunking the allegations, Judge Eboe-Osuji said: ‘there was no witch-hunting of African countries.”
“Actually some of the complaints being made have not taken into account the fact that the court was set up for the protection of people who are suffering from some kind of violations.”
Judge Eboe-Osuji said Nigeria has been very supportive to the international court.
“And we are here to express gratitude to Nigeria for doing that, the court appreciates the Nigeria support.”
On his part, the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, said that it would be wrong to allege that the court was witch hunting African leaders,
“I think it is a wrong way to look at it. I think the question we should be asking is have rights been violated?
“Should people have the right to have the people who violated their rights made to face some kind of tribunal? That is the question we should ask.
“That is all that should concern us and whether 10 African leaders are arrested, the question is, is the process fair, were rights violated?,” he explained.”
Mr. Onyeama told the visiting jurist that Nigeria was solidly behind him and in support of the court.