UN Warns Nigeria, Kenya Over Alleged Torture and Violation Of Fundamental Human Rights.
The United Nations, UN, has issued ‘Urgent Appeals” to both the Nigerian and Kenyan Governments, demanding immediate stoppage of any torture or violation of rights committed against the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
This came as the IPOB, yesterday, told the federal government of Nigeria that the alleged illegal rendition of its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will not weaken the group but will rather destroy Nigeria.
IPOB disclosed this in reply to the statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu that conviction of Mazi Kanu will lead to the end of IPOB agitation.
UN’s “Urgent Appeals” to Nigeria and Kenya according to a statement by Kanunta have been transmitted to both countries since August 26 and acknowledgement received from the Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York on September 17.
The statement made available to NAN Tuesday read in part:”In particular, the said Urgent Appeals state in part that the United Nations is “alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr. Kanu has been subjected to during his illegal custody in Kenya.
The UN intervention followed a petition to the UN by Kanu’s brother, Kanunta Kanu ; and his Special counsel, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor.
“In this regard, we are considering to publicly express our concerns in this case in the near future, believing that the wider public should be informed about the implications of these allegations for the enjoyment and exercise of human rights in Kenya and Nigeria.
“Any public expression of concern in this regard, will indicate that we have been in contact with your Excellency’s Government to clarify the issue/s in question.
“IPOB remains a non-violent organisation but has been the victim of the high-handedness of the Nigerian authorities.
“The wicked Nigeria security agents have continued their secret genocide against Biafra agitators. But they will pay for their atrocities very soon.
“We want Garba Shehu, Mungono of the National Intelligence Agency and the Attorney General of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami to stop displaying their ignorance of international law.
“The world doesn’t need any further proof that IPOB is a peaceful movement. The kidnap of its leader by Nigeria Government is a crime that must be punished.
“So, by this singular violation of international law, Nigeria is already in a mess but instead of admitting the obvious fact, its officials are busy playing to the gallery.
“However, very soon, the masterminds of this heinous crime will be rounded up and handed over to the international criminal court, ICC for prosecution.
“IPOB is not a push-over movement, and we cannot be intimidated. Just very soon, our oppressors will be taught a lesson by ICC in the language they will understand.
IPOB in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, told Malam Shehu to bury his face in shame for serving a government that harbour kidnappers and also involves in kidnapping people even from foreign countries.
IPOB statement read in part: “The attention of the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the ranting and laughable statement from Garba Shehu, the SSA Media to President Buhari, saying that the extraordinary rendition of IPOB leader will lead to the end of IPOB agitation.
“We are surprised at the level of cluelessness and ignorance being displayed by Garba Shehu about the operations of IPOB.
“We therefore, want to assure him and his co-travellers that the extraordinary rendition of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, will rather destroy Nigeria and not IPOB.
“Malam Shehu Garba should be ashamed of himself for serving a government that harbour kidnappers and also take part in kidnapping people even from outside Nigeria.
“By kidnapping and renditioning Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Nigeria has committed international crime and must not go unpunished.