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The urgent appeal by SERAP was sent to: Seong-Phil Hong, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders; Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

In a statement on Friday by Timothy Adewale, SERAP’s Deputy Director, the organization said while it appreciated the expressed commitment by Saraki to transparency and accountability of the National Assembly, and the rare opportunity to dialogue with him, it remained deeply concerned that the leadership of the Senate has unfortunately not satisfactorily addressed the damaging allegations by Prof. Itse Sagay, the Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, that a Nigerian senator gets N29 million in monthly pay and over N3 billion a year

The organization expressed “serious concern that any monitoring of Nigerians on social media by the military authorities would directly violate the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression and privacy online. Instructing the military to end any such monitoring would help your government to defend and keep to its oft-repeated commitment to human rights, transparency and accountability”.

In a statement on Wednesday by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organization said: “SERAP can confirm that the ICC is now considering our petition. We have received communication from Mark P. Dillon, Head of Information and Evidence Unit of the ICC indicating that the court will give due consideration to our petition.”

It would be recalled that last week SERAP launched its report titled: “From Darkness to Darkness: How Nigerians are Paying the Price for Corruption in the Electricity Sector,” alleging that “the much-publicised power sector reforms in Nigeria under the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 is yet to yield desired and/or anticipated fruits largely due to corruption, regulatory lapses and policy inconsistencies. The country has lost more megawatts in the post-privatisation era due largely to widespread, systemic and large-scale corruption”