Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA) on Tuesday, said the continued detention of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, without conclusive trial, has shown the plot by the political hawks in the corridors of power in Abuja teleguiding and encouraging President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to destabilise the South-East zone for their selfish goals.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, sought the release of the IPOB leader on political grounds, saying his incarceration in the custody of the Department of State Services in the last 12 months without trial is strange to rule of law and the principle of fair doctrine. HURIWA wonders what kind of a ‘Father of the nation’ as President Muhammadu Buhari is known in some quarters can lock up one of his Sons over nebulous and cooked up, trumped up charges for a year and keeps manipulating the wheel of judicial platform to cripple its independence to determine the matter on its merits. The Rights group said there is no where in the World whereby the executive acts as the supervisors of both the judicial and legislative Arms of government except in hard core dictatorships like in North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Rights group not even the dictator in Syria could treat his citizen like the dehumanising situation that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been made to live through just for exercising his constitutionally and legally guaranteed right to seek self determination even when government could have either deployed constructive dialogues or apply superior logic to intellectually deflate the campaigners for self government such as IPOB instead of classifying the group illegally as a terror group and incarceration the members and their leaders indefinitely under incredibly deadly conditions that is as bad as primitive enslavement. HURIWA is therefore praying President Muhammadu Buhari to grant pardon to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and thousands of his supporters jailed in different detention centres including the 80 years old lady that Nnamdi Kanu reportedly takes as his Mother who was jailed for embarking on solidarity outing at the last court’s hearing in the delayed legal process involving Nnamdi Kanu.
Recall that Kanu was literally kidnapped from Kenya by the Buhari government as said by the Attorney General of Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, at a press conference in Abuja in June 2021.
Ever since, Kanu has been subjected to dehumanising situation in the custody of the secret police in Abuja while his case with Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja has been adjourned for about 10 times just to prolong his stay in his jailer’s net. It took the Court nearly a year to order the DSS to let Nnamdi Kanu watch Liverpool fc last two matches in the immediate past season- a privilege that even house CHIHUAHUA enjoys in an unrestrained manner.
The same judge has denied Kanu bail several times even though his health has depreciated significantly over the last 12 months under the horrible condition he was subjected to in DSS custody whilst the Buhari government has defiantly refused all pleas and entreaties even by foremost Igbo elders who tried to explore political solution to the matter.
Kanu’s supporters have also been brutalized by overzealous security agents in recent times whilst journalists covering his court case have been assaulted at various times.
Recently, Kanu’s special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, wrote, “It came to pass that one year ago, (June 19,2021) an extraordinary rendition was committed. It was a day that will live in infamy because it was an extraordinary abomination.
“It was a legal wrong. It was a political wrong. And it must be undone. Stop the persecution and free Nnamdi Kanu.”
Reacting, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The prolonged illegal kidnap and unending detention of Nnamdi Kanu inspite of the fact that he is only an accused person is against the rule of law and principle of presumption of innocence.
“However, the Federal Government has hijacked the judiciary and is plotting to detain him even with no fair trial even one year after his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria.
“HURIWA demands Kanu’s release on political grounds because what he is alleged to have committed is groundless in law. Moreover when his incarceration is systematically destroying the peace and economic stability of South-East thereby fueling, the perception that the President wants South-East destabilised in line with the demands of a tiny fraction of Northern Muslim extremists that surround his administration in Abuja as members of the Cabal.
“Moreover, government officials who have been alleged to have stolen billions of naira like the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, have been granted bail within weeks. Even Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, has since been granted bail in Benin Republic. The Buhari government should quit its nepotistic treatment of Kanu and release the IPOB leader. This is only just and fair.”
National Coordinator – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA).
June 21, 2022