The International Criminal Court in The Hague is considering a petition on the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in Nigeria’s electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999.

An anti-corruption advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has written a petition, indicting previous administrations - the governments of former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement on Wednesday SERAP deputy director, Timothy Adewale, said the ICC is considering its petition.

According to SERAP, the information is contained in a letter with reference number OTP-CR-245/17 received by the organization today.

It read: “This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office.

“We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

“As soon as a decision is reached, we will inform you, in writing, and provide you with reasons for this decision.”

Timothy Adewale said: “SERAP appreciates the prompt attention to this matter by the ICC.

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“We urge the court to pursue this matter to a satisfactory conclusion by taking the case forward as required by the provisions of the Rome Statute, and ensuring a thorough investigation and prosecution of suspected perpetrators of grand corruption in the electricity sector in Nigeria.”

The petition was sent last week to Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor with the ICC, asking her to use her “good offices and leadership position to investigate whether the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the electricity sector was a crime against humanity."

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SERAP also wants the ICC to prevail on the Nigerian government to surrender all suspected perpetrators for trial by the ICC.