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June 2017
PRESS RELEASE
Lagos plays host to Capacity-building for military prosecutors to address the
most serious and complex crimes under Nigerian criminal law
This is to inform, and invite you to attend the opening ceremony of a capacity-building workshop for
military investigators and prosecutors on STRENGTHENING JUSTICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN
NIGERIA which will be held at the Southern Sun Hotel Ikoyi in Lagos on Wednesday, 28 June at 9am.

The three-day workshop is organised by the Wayamo Foundation, the International Nuremberg
Principles Academy and the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and will be opened by
General Yusuf Shalangwa, the Director of Legal Services of the Nigerian Army.

This June workshop is the first training session for Nigerian military investigators and prosecutors.
The Chief of Army Staff has kindly agreed to send 20 investigators and prosecutors to the
workshop. The objective of the ongoing training programme is to build capacity to address the most
serious and complex crimes under Nigerian criminal law (international, transnational and terrorism-
related crimes), including those crimes that potentially fall under the jurisdiction of the International
Criminal Court.

The trainers are national and international experts in International Criminal Justice and Military Law,
including: Andrew Cayley, QC, Director of Service Prosecutions, Service Prosecuting Authority,
Ministry of Defence, UK, Claus Molitor, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court,
Charles Garraway, Fellow Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Retired Colonel, United Kingdom
Army Legal Services, Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford, Fergal
Gaynor, Team Leader and Senior Counsel, Commission for International Justice and Accountability,
Olawale Fapohunda, former Attorney General of Ekiti State, and Chair, Nigerian Military Human
Rights Dialogue and Rodney Dixon QC, Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers, London.

The training will include the following topics, followed by practical exercises: Introduction to
International Criminal Law and the Geneva Conventions, The ICC in Nigeria Status of the activities
of the Office of the Prosecutor and admissibility requirements, Complementarity regime at the ICC
Legal requirements and practical examples including the UK, Kenya and Libya, Military justice system
and military rules of evidence, Investigating and prosecuting leadership cases and trial advocacy.

After two highly successful events for civil prosecutors held in Abuja and in Lagos in December 2016
and March 2017, this event continues the progress made in strengthening justice and accountability
in Nigeria and is organised in collaboration with the Chief of Army Staff. It aims to set the standard
for prosecutions of serious international crimes in the future, with funding from the Ford Foundation,

Background Information:

The Wayamo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation established to strengthen the


rule of law and promote international criminal justice, acts as co-ordinator and Secretariat for 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 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.

For all media enquiries or further information please contact:



Bettina Ambach, Director, Wayamo Foundation, Bettina.ambach@wayamo.com,
Tel. 0802 0502 950
Elise Carreau, Project Manager, Wayamo Foundation, elise.carreau@wayamo.com