A civil rights advocacy group also known as Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has called for the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has spent over a year in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
We reports that Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria to resume his trial after he fled the country in 2017 when he escaped from a targeted assassination plotted by the Nigerian army.
The group in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that Nnamdi Kanu’s prolonged detention was illegal and against the rule of law. The group alleged that the Federal Government planned to detain the IPOB leader for a longer period without a fair trial.
According to the words of Emmanuel Onwubiko; “The prolonged illegal kidnap and unending detention of Nnamdi Kanu, in spite of the fact that he is only an accused person, is against the rule of law and principle of presumption of innocence.
The Federal Government has hijacked the judiciary and is plotting to detain him even with no fair trial to the extent of keeping him in detention for one year after his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria.”
In May 2022, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja struck out eight of the 15 terrorism and felony charges preferred against Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The group however, demanded for Nnamdi Kanu’s immediate release on political grounds, stating that the allegations preferred against him by the Federal Government were baseless.
The group stated that when the likes of the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, were granted bail, it would only be fair for Nnamdi Kanu to be accorded the same benefit.
“The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria demands for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu on political grounds because what he is alleged to have committed is groundless in law.
“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 the Benin Republic. The Buhari government should quit its nepotism treatment on Nnamdi Kanu and release the IPOB leader. This is only just and fair,” The spokesman of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Onwubiko concluded.
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