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Monday, 21 March 2016

I’m victim of persecution, Kanu

I’m victim of persecution, Kanu cries out From Godwin Tsa, Abuja DETAINED leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has described himself as a victim of travesty of justice and gross human rights vio­lation following his contin­ued detention by the Federal Government. Kanu, who assured of his readiness to stand trial, said he craved a fair trial and not persecution. In a statement by one of his counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Biafra agitator, who has filed a suit before the Economic Commu­nity of West African States (ECOWAS) Court, said he was wrongly arrested and detained. 


Kanu sought the interven­tion of the ECOWAS court to protect his fundamental rights as guaranteed under the African Charter on Hu­man and People’s Rights and other international con­ventions to which Nigeria is a signatory. His lawyer said the deten­tion of his client from Octo­ber 14, 2015 till January 20, this year without any lawful court order and disobedi­ence of court orders direct­ing his release amounted to a gross violation of his fun­damental human rights. Ejiofor said a Chief Mag­istrates’ Court in Abuja dis­charged his client but “the Department of State Secu­rity Services that dragged him to court refused to obey the orders of the same court.” 


The statement said: “On December 29, 2015, dur­ing the Presidential Media Chat, the president told the whole world that Nnamdi Kanu cannot be granted bail, alleging that he came into the country without a valid travelling passport. This pronouncement was roundly condemned by both local and international com­mentators. His pronounce­ment was viewed as a clear usurpation of the functions and powers of the judiciary. 


“Though very regrettable and extremely unfortunate, Nnamdi Kanu was refused bail on 29 January, 2016. In refusing him and other de­fendants bail, the court also cited the facts of his posses­sion of dual passports as a flight risk, and as such held that he cannot be granted bail.”


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