The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has petitioned the International Criminal Court, ICC, urging it to declare the growing cases of studentts abductions of students in several parts of Northern Nigeria crimes against humanity.
While urging the international tribunal to start with the recent abduction in Zamfara State as a start, it also urged it to investigate the closure of schools in the North.
SERAP in the petition also wants ICC to probe the persistent failure of Nigerian authorities at both the Federal and State levels to end the abduction.
In the petition dated September 4, 2021, addressed to Mr Karim A. A. Khan, QC, Prosecutor, signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Mr Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation urged him to push for those suspected to be responsible and complicit in the commission of those serious crimes to be invited and tried by the ICC.
The petition followed a string of abductions and closure of schools in some parts of Nigeria, including the recent closure of schools in Zamfara State after scores of students were abducted by gunmen from a state-run high school in Maradun District.