July 8, 2016

SERAP drags governors to ICC for crimes against humanity

SERAP drags governors to ICC for crimes against humanity

President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Nasir El Rufai while Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Governor Nyesom Wyke of Rivers State (r) as they discussed after the first meeting between the President and State Governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 23/06/2015

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has petitioned International Criminal Court, ICC, accusing state governments owing workers salaries of committing crimes against humanity.

In a statement made available to Vanguard and signed by Mr. Tokunbo Mumuni, Executive Director of SERAP, it urged ICC prosecutor, Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, to investigate collective punishment and crimes against humanity on workers owed salaries.

The petition, dated July 7, said: “We are seriously concerned that non-payment of workers’ salaries by several state governments in Nigeria has made life impossible to live for the workers and their families.

“We also urge you to bring to justice anyone who is responsible for the inhumane acts committed against Nigerian workers and prohibited under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to which Nigeria is a state party.”

The group noted because of the unpaid salaries, Nigerian workers have suffered “severe deprivation, mental and physical health challenges. This means that individual liability may attach to governors who continue to hide under the excuse of ‘limited allocations from Abuja’ to deny these workers the fruit of their labour.”