Abuja training on addressing complex crimes under Nigerian criminal law

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Strengthening Justice and Accountability in Nigeria: Capacity building for prosecutors to address the most serious and complex crimes under Nigerian criminal law
(Programme)

From 7 – 9 December 2016, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Justice/Federal Government of Nigeria, the Wayamo Foundation, the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, in collaboration with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice, held a capacity building workshop for prosecutors to address the most serious and complex crimes under Nigerian criminal law.

The event, the first in a series, was held in Abuja, Nigeria, and was a capacity building and training project for prosecutors from the Complex Case Work Unit in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation and the National Prosecution Co-ordination Committee.

The training strengthened the ability of Nigerian prosecutors to address the most serious and complex crimes under Nigerian criminal law which are international, transnational and terrorism related. These include crimes that may potentially fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The organisers worked in close collaboration with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Federation in Abuja.

Background:
The Wayamo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation established to strengthen the rule of law and promote international criminal justice. In November 2015, the Foundation launched the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability, an independent group of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, whose main goal is to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity building, advice and outreach, and enhancing co-operation between Africa and the International Criminal Court. The Wayamo Foundation is the co-ordinator and secretariat for the Group.

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy located in Nuremberg, Germany, the birthplace of modern international criminal law, is devoted to the promotion of international criminal justice and human rights, and supports world-wide enforcement of international criminal law, furthering knowledge, and building capacities at the national level to investigate and prosecute international core crimes, i.e., genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.