By: Awesome Ekene
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has raised the alarm over continued detention of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in a solitary confinement at the State Security Services, (DSS), headquarters, Abuja.
The group also alleged daily mental and emotional torture its leader was being subjected to as a result of his belief for Biafra freedom and independence.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity, Emma Powerful, IPOB accused Presiding Judge handling the case, Hon. Justice Binta Nyako of bias, alleging that she was not serving Nigeria’s interest.
It called on men and women of good conscience to prevail on Nigerian government, security agencies particularly the DSS, as well as justice Binta Nyako to release Kanu to avert his death in detention.
The statement partly reads, “We have seen that the presiding Judge handling this case, Hon. Justice Binta Nyako is an accomplice to the suffering of innocent man who committed no crime known to law in Nigeria and the world.
“Binta Nyako refused to ensure that DSS oblige and respect the fundantmental rights of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as extanctly provided.
“We are watching her and DSS. If anything untoward happen to our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU in DSS custody they will regret his rendition from Kenya to Nigeria. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi KANU is being held in solitary confinement 23 hours every day.
“We raise this alarm again to the public to tell the world that justice Binta Nyako is giving a blind eye to the impunity of the DSS against our leader. A judge should be fair to all especially the accused who has not been convicted. Kanu should not be treated with brutality simply because he is an Igbo.
“The fact that all orders made by the court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako about the welfare and management of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the DSS dungeon were all flouted by the detaining authority AND DSS, without being reprimanded or committed for contempt by the presiding Judge Justice Binta Nyako exposed herself to the world that she is serving the interests of fulani, and not the interest of Nigeria. This has further exposed her vulnerability and bias in this matter.
“Solitary confinement of innocent person is a crime as stipulated under Section 2 of the Anti-torture Act of 2017, which offence attracts 25 years imprisonment upon conviction. One will begin to wonder why should a Judge be a party to the commission of this heinous crime against Mazi Nnamdi KANU and the entire race like Biafrans.
“It is no longer in controversy that Mazi Nnamdi KANU is detained in a solitary confinement where he is daily subjected to mental and emotional torture because of his belief for Biafra freedom and independence.
“We are calling on men and women of good conscience, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, intersocity 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 this scenario will not be in the interest of anybody.”