SERAP TO BUHARI; HAND OVER CASES OF ELECTION-RELATED VIOLENCE TO THE ICC

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent a message to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari through its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare to send all cases related to election violence and killings to the International criminal court (ICC).

He stressed that such will serve as a deterrent to future offenders. He asked the President to send such cases that have occurred from 1999 till date.

He further stated that “SERAP is concerned about reports of violence, intimidation, and killings in many states of the country including Bayelsa, Borno, Rivers, Lagos, and Oyo states. At least 30 people have been reportedly killed and several injured during the just concluded presidential and legislative polls. Like previous elections since the return of democracy in 1999, the 2019 general elections of February 23, 2019, have witnessed violence, intimidation, and killings in several states. Citizens are entitled to the internationally recognized right to a free and fair election, expressed in the principles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ to which Nigeria is a state party. The African Charter has been domesticated as part of our domestic laws.”

In his letter, he added that; “SERAP also notes that Nigeria is a key member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has “accountability, economic and social justice and popular participation in development” as part of the fundamental principles contained in its Revised Treaty. In a similar way, Nigeria is a state party to the UN Convention against Corruption. Article 1(c) of the Convention states the purpose of the treaty as including: ‘To promote integrity, accountability and proper management of public affairs and public property.’”

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