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Monday 26 June 2023

Nnamdi Kanu, a Prisoner of Conscience

Nnamdi Kanu, a Prisoner of Conscience

By Ofor Princewill Akubumma | Biafra Writers

June 26, 2023

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

It is now exactly two years since the Nigerian government abducted, tortured and kept Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in solitary confinement of the Nigerian secret police, DSS, cell in Abuja.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a British-Nigerian activist, was kidnapped by the Nigerian authorities in connivance with Kenyan government on June 18, 2021, at the parking lot of the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, Kenya, where he went for a medical check up. 

He was taken to a private residence, chanined on  the bare floor, tortured in the most inhumane manner for days, blindfolded and subsequently flown in a private jet back to Nigeria on handcuffs like a common criminal. 

On arrival to Nigeria, he was taken to the detention cells of the Department of State Security, DSS, in Abuja the Nigerian capital where he is being subjected to all manners of torture and inhumane treatment ever since. As a result, he developed a severe ear infection and other countless ailments in the solitary confinement he was kept, culminating in continual deterioration of health every passing day. Even at this, he is denied access to his personal doctors. 

Irrespective of the fact that he was extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria from Kenya, a crime on itself that contravenes the laws of cross border arrest and arbitrary detention, the Nigerian government has refused to obey their own court order which had earlier discharged and acquited him back in October of 2022 by a federal appeal court in the country. 

Moreover, aside the court rulings that freed him after all the frivolous 15 count charges levelled against him were squashed by his legal team, a UN working group, after studying the situation surrounding his abduction and rendition, also ordered that he should be released, yet the Nigerian authorities refused to obey any of these orders.

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu leads a movement that is seeking an independent state of Biafra from Nigeria on the grounds of gross marginalization and lack of inclusiveness of the Biafran in the scheme of things in a federal Nigeria. The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, that he leads is legally registered in over 88 countries in the world, and are going about their agitation in the most peaceful manner since its inception in 2014. IPOB is a massive freedom movement of over 60 million followers both at home and in diaspora. 

Being a peaceful movement that believes in the rule of law, Nnamdi Kanu's IPOB have exploited every options in getting justice for their detained leader as they kept pushing for an independent Biafra state through referendum. Sadly however, the Nigerian government keeps flouting court orders.

Edited By Nelson OFOKAR Yagazie
Published By Charles Opanwa

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