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Friday 19 January 2018



By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

As the Nigerian government has defiantly refused to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) or at least tell the world exactly where they kept him since September 14, 2017 when the Nigerian Army in a murderous raid invaded his home in Afara-Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State of Biafra land and captured him and took him to an unknown location and kept him incommunicado since then, the Nigerian government deserves nothing at the moment but international stiff sanctions until the government releases Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to enjoy the bail granted him by a Court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria. Let not the world forget in a hurry that the said Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was abducted secretly by the Nigerian government secret Police known as State Security Service (SSS) on October 14, 2015 and pretended ignorance to his abduction probably to waste him secretly but later arraigned him in several courts when the information of his abduction leaked, in the Nigerian Capital City of Abuja where the Judges in separate trials ruled that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu be released unconditionally since there is no case against him other than his quest for the restoration of the Ancient Nation of Biafra.

 All the court verdicts which directed the Nigerian government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally were all treated with contempt  by the refusal to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The Nigerian government rather started victimizing Hon Justice Adeniyi Ademola with witch-hunt for giving such ruling in favour of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before the world.

When the government refused to obey court verdict given by Hon Justice Adeniyi Ademola on December 17, 2015, the government of Nigeria continued making caricature of the judiciary with one verdict somersaults or the other, one case file amendment after the other as if Nigeria does not know why Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was abducted by the SSS in the first place. One needless court adjournment followed one after the other by two highly corrupt Judges, Justice John Tsoho who later hands off the case and Justice Binta Nyako who is still handling the case as the presiding Judge as the arraignment of Nnamdi Kanu continues when Nigerian government refused to obey the previous ruling of same Federal High Court and Magistrate Court  ordering the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It was Justice Binta Nyako as the presiding Judge of the case between Nigerian government and Nnamdi Kanu that Justice Binta Nyako later courageously on a verdict somersaults granted a stringent bail to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on health grounds on April 25, 2017 because his health condition was deteriorating at that time. The bail conditions given to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on themselves were described by human right analysts as a systematic human right abuse from the Nigerian Court against Nnamdi Kanu. But regardless of the stringent nature of the bail conditions, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu accepted the bail conditions in good faith and continued obeying the conditions in high spirit to attend the then next court sitting of October 17, 2017.

It was about one month to the court sitting of October 17, 2017 that the Nigerian Army on the firm instruction of the Nigerian government invaded the compound of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on September 14, 2017 and captured him with his parents and massacred dozens of visitors in his father's Palace and took him to an unknown destination probably for summary execution.

 Since the murderous raid by the Nigerian Army at the residence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on that September 14, 2017 took place, Nigerian government has vehement refused to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to enjoy his bail granted him by a court of competent jurisdiction. It could also be recalled that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail on the ground of a deteriorating health condition but as it is at the moment, Nnamdi Kanu has been denied access to medication as he continued to be detained incommunicado by the Nigerian Army since September 14, 2017 when he was captured by the rampaging soldiers which invaded his compound.

It is on this ground that I make bold to say that the continuous detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu after his bail granted him by a court of competent jurisdiction is violation to all known laws to humanity both local and international laws. As Nigerian constitution of 1999 as amended stipulated that nobody should be held in detention without trial or at least arraignment in court for such length of time, so African Charter on Human and People's right commonly forbid such dehumanizing treatment of holding Nnamdi Kanu incommunicado since September 14, 2017 without any other arraignment or trial. United Nations human right also forbid such type of detention on anybody in the world but that is what Nnamdi Kanu is suffering from the hands of Nigerian government. I am therefore calling on international community to as a matter of urgency place international sanction on Nigerian government should Nigeria refused to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Nigeria government has detained Nnamdi Kanu for too long.

It is time for United Nations, European Union, African Union, United States government, British government, Russian government, Israeli government to speak up and compel Nigeria government to respect international laws and protocols governing human right and dignity of persons by releasing Nnamdi Kanu within the shortest possible time. If Nigeria government defiantly chose undemocratic process in handling the case of Nnamdi Kanu by thinking that the best way to silence him is by unlawful detention, let the world sanction Nigeria and rescue the situation as Nigerian government is urinating already on international laws. Nigerian government cannot be enjoying international law of sovereignty of nations whereas it disrespect another international laws of human right protection. So if the Nigerian government fails to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to enjoy his bail and pursue the case where he was accused of treasonable felony by same  government to a logical conclusion, let the world quickly sanction Nigerian government because Nigerian government cannot  arraign Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to court in one hand and also resort to extra-judicial self help of another arrest after bail by the Court on the other hand. The continued detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a rape on both local and international laws and protocols governing human right and at same time slap to both local and international human rights organisations. Let the world quickly do the needful by compelling the Nigerian government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu or place stiff sanctions on Nigeria. I rest my case!

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