Nigerian Leaders To Be Prosecuted Over 13.2 Million Out-Of-School Children 

Nigerian Leaders To Be Prosecuted Over 13.2 Million Out-Of-School Children 

Austin Papi

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project [SERAP] is an anti-corruption advocacy group. The humanitarian group has petitioned the International Criminal Court [ICC]  to prosecute Nigerian leaders over the rising population of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

The Deputy Director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, in a statement made on Sunday urged ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, to bring to trial all Nigerian leaders, both past and present, at ICC headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands.

The statement partly reads:

"Investigating and prosecuting high-ranking Nigerian officials and providing reparations to victims will contribute to serving the best interests of Nigerian children, the most vulnerable citizens in our country, and ending the impunity that is denying them their right to education and a life free of violence and fear.

“These out-of-school Nigerian children have been exposed to real danger, violence and even untimely death. Senior Nigerian politicians since 1999 have failed to understand the seriousness of the crime of leaving millions of children out of school, and have made an essential contribution to the commission of the crime.”

Children that are out-of-school are often used for trafficking drugs, some turn criminals, pickpocketing or selling stuffs in traffic. Either way, the denial of the right of children to education is a crime within its jurisdiction as stated by ICC during the infamous "Lubanga case".

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