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SERAP drags Governors to International Criminal Court over unpaid salaries

NLC1-e1455006523155The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dent petition to International Criminal Court, ICC requesting it to bring to justice people behind the non-payment of tens of thousands of Nigerians workers’ salaries across some states.

SERAP describing the situation as inhumane acts committed against Nigerian workers, said in its petition that the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, should use her good offices and position to investigate allegations of collective punishment and crimes against humanity Nigerian workers as a result of non-payment of their salaries for several months.”

In the petition dated 7 July 2016 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni the organisation said that “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 families.

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

The petition reads in part: “SERAP contends that severe deprivation and mental or physical health challenges faced by Nigerian workers as a result of the non-payment of their salaries fulfill the requirements of this provision.

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.”

“The state governors ought to know that their actions and/or omissions would likely to cause serious physical or mental suffering or a serious attack upon the human dignity of workers whose salaries are not paid.”

“Non-payment of salaries for several months have reduced Nigerian workers to ‘bare life’, or life not worth living, thus taking away their human dignity.

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