IPOB leader, Kanu, applauds UN group, court declaration over rights abuse by Nigerian Government

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By Henry Okonkwo

 

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has praised recent United Nations Working Group declarations calling for his release, as well as the court verdict awarded to his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in the rights abuse case filed against the Nigerian government.

Recall that last week, the United Nations, UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, indicted both Nigeria and Kenya Governments for the arrest and extraordinary rendition, torture and continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, without due process.

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The UN called on the Nigerian Government to, “immediate release Kanu unconditionally” and pay him adequate compensation for the arbitrary violation of his fundamental human rights.

Also on Friday, a Federal High Court in Anambra awarded N102 million compensatory damages in favour of Ejiofor for gross violation of his fundamental rights and the cost of litigation, following the destruction of his properties by government security forces.

In response to the dual declarations, the IPOB leader, in a statement issued by his lawyer on Monday, expressed delight at the UN’s intervention in his case. He also stated that the court’s decision in Ejiofor’s case proved that “the court is the last hope of the common man.”

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“Onyendu (Kanu) was extremely delighted that such respected World Body has finally intervened to activate an immediate change to the status quo,” the statement read.

“Onyendu was enthused by the courage, industry, and intelligence demonstrated by the Federal High Court, Awka in the landmark Judgement delivered on my case on the 22nd day of July 2022 against the Nigeria Police Force, the DSS, the Nigerian Army and Chukwuka Chizorom Ofoegbu (Ijele Speaks). Onyendu extolled the judiciary for reaffirming the age-old belief that the ‘Court is the last hope of the common Man'”.

According to the statement, the IPOB leader was however saddened by the spate of extrajudicial killings going on in the South-East region.

He reiterated his call for restraint on the part of the State-sponsored Militia group who engage in these unprovoked/unjustified killings.

The rest of the statement read, “Onyendu reaffirms that he has been consistent with his admonition for total peace in the South-East region, devoid of all forms of criminalities.

“Hence, he expressed worry that those who are purportedly fighting this crime are, unfortunately, the people who are now perpetrating heinous crimes against the people they are statutorily mandated to protect.

“Onyendu, therefore, urges the security agents to be guided by their Rules of Engagement and international best practices to avoid hacking innocent citizens in the process.

“Furthermore, Onyendu implores UmuChineke to maintain ABSOLUTE peace and calm even on the face of the unprovoked attacks/killings.

“He seized the opportunity to remind everyone once again, to note, that the script being acted is not far from being targeted at deploying measures that will bring two brothers into needless confrontation.

“Onyendu is delighted with the level of compliance with his directives for a peaceful region, and urged everyone never to be provoked into taking step(s) that will impact negatively on the feats already recorded.

“We remain eternally grateful to you all for your prayers, uncommon solidarity and support, particularly at this critical time. We do not take it for granted”.