IPOB warns DSS over Nnamdi Kanu’s welfare, safety in detention

…as court fixes Jan 19 for judgment

The Indigenous People of Biafra has threatened the Department of State Services saying that the DSS will regret if anything untoward happens to Nnamdi Kanu who was repatriated from Kenya to Nigeria and is being held in solitary confinement by the agency.

This came as the group begged that Kanu should not be allowed to die in detention as such a scenario will not be in the interest of anybody.

Emma Powerful who is IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary in a statement on Wednesday also accused the DSS of subjecting Kanu to 23-hour solitary confinement daily.

IPOB said “We are watching her and the DSS. If anything untoward happens to our leader in the DSS custody, they will regret his rendition from Kenya to Nigeria. Nnamdi Kanu is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours every day where he is daily being subjected to mental and emotional torture because of his belief in Biafra freedom and independence.

“The fact that all orders made by the court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako about the welfare and management of Kanu at the DSS dungeon were all flouted by the detaining authority, without being reprimanded or committed for contempt by the presiding judge.

Emma Powerful, further called on Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, intersociety and reputable Human Rights Organisations across the globe to prevail on Nigeria government and the compromised security agencies particularly the DSS, as well as justice Binta Nyako to release Nnamdi Kanu whose health condition needs urgent attention.

“We are calling on men and women of good conscience, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, intersociety and reputable Human Rights Organisations across the globe to prevail on Nigeria government and the compromised security agencies particularly the DSS, as well as justice Binta Nyako to release Nnamdi Kanu whose health condition needs urgent attention.

“He should not be allowed to die in detention as such scenario will not be in the interest of anybody.” .

“Once again, we wish to raise the alarm over the continuous detention of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in solitary confinement at the State Security Services, headquarters Abuja.” IPOB said

Meanwhile, an Abia High Court sitting in Umuahia has fixed January 19, 2022, for judgment in Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental rights suit pending before it.

 The suit, which was before Justice Benson Anya of the High Court of Abia State in Umuahia, was heard and concluded on merit on December 10, 2021.

 According to Aloy Ejimakor, special counsel to Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who initiated the suit on August 27, 2021, the suit, among others, is seeking a declaration: “That the military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Abia State in September 2017 by the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights to life, dignity of his person, his personal liberty and fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

 “That the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government without due process of law is arbitrary, illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against arbitrary arrest, to his personal liberty and to fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

 “That the torture and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the his fundamental rights against torture and to fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

 “That the expulsion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria by the Nigerian government and his consequent detention and planned prosecution in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of his fundamental rights against unlawful expulsion and detention, and to fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights”.

The suit is also seeking an order of injunction restraining the Nigerian government from taking any further step in the prosecution of Nnamdi Kanu in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) pursuant to his unlawful expulsion from Kenya to Nigeria.

“An order mandating and compelling the the Nigerian government to forthwith release Nnamdi Kanu from detention and to restore him to his liberty, same being his state of being as of 19th June, 2021; and to thereupon repatriate him to Britain, his country of domicile and citizenship.

“An order mandating and compelling the Nigerian government to issue an official Letter of Apology to Nnamdi Kanu for the infringement of his fundamental rights”, and publication of said letter of apology in three national dailies.

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