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Ishaq Bello nominated as ICC Judge by Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Justice Ishaq Bello, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, as a judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague.

Quick bio of Justice Ishaq Bello

Justice Bello was born January 5, 1956. He is a Nigerian jurist and the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

He is better known for his effort towards decongesting several prisons, now known as correctional facilities, in Nigeria.

During the earlier part of his career, Justice Ishaq Bello was, for official reasons, off and on the bench.

In November 1984, he left private practice to become a state counsel at the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice and it took him until the following year to become a magistrate.

He then left the bench after serving as a magistrate for two years.

He was temporarily transferred and appointed as the Head of Legal Recovery department at the then Universal Bank of Nigeria Plc. between 1987 and 1989.

In 1993, he joined the Board of River Basin Authority in Minna, Niger State, as a secretary and legal adviser.

His stint as legal adviser to the board ended in 1995 and after this, Bello’s stint as a federal attorney began following his appointment as a deputy chief registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Ishaq Bello began his legal practice at a private law firm, Umaru Yabo & co, in Sokoto State.

After a year, he was appointed as a state counsel at the Kaduna State Ministry of Justice.

He then went on to become a state magistrate, a position he held between 1985 and 1987.

About the ICC

The ICC which began functioning on July 1, 2002, is an intergovernmental organisation and international tribunal.

It has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

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