South-East Groups Express Concern Over Kanu

A coalition of Southeast-based rights groups suppose that Radio Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu may be killed like the leader of the deadly Boko Haram sect Muhammed Yusuf.

Nnamdi-Kanu

The coalition expresses concern under the umbrella of Southeast Based Coalition Of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs).
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on October 17 by the Department of State Services (DSS).

This caused mass protests across parts of Delta state, Enugu state, Rivers state and Anambra state.

The Nigerian military captured Boko Haram leader in 2009 in his parents-in-law’s house and handed him over to the Nigerian police force. Later police officials claimed that either Yusuf was shot while trying to escape or died of wounds he sustained during a gunbattle with the military.

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The statement of SBCHROs reads in part: “The consequences of that dastardly act by the country’s security forces led to sharp rise or increase in the spate of terrorism activities by the violent group; which has remained untamed till date. Nigeria till date holds the world record in extra-judicial and unlawful killings. It was also recently declared the third most terrorized country in the world after Afghanistan and Iraq and seconded only by Syria and Pakistan.

“Nigeria, through its political leaders and security establishments; also notoriously disrespects human rights and desecrates human dignity and lives. Controversies surrounding the reported killing in action of 139 soldiers on 19th and 22nd November 2015 in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria by the Boko Harm terror group; have continued to surge. While 105 soldiers were reported to have been mass-murdered on 19th November, 34 others were also reported to have been killed three days later (22nd November).

“Despite strong and steady reports on the sad development by credible independent or open sources; backed by pieces of pictorial evidence; the country’s military authorities and the Presidency have kept on denying, saying; no soldiers went missing in action. The denial has not been accompanied by any strong and credible official investigation and its outcome till date. These records of infamy attained by Nigeria have continuously worsened under the Buhari’s Presidency.

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“The Criminal Justice Administration under President Muhammadu Buhari administration is at its worst state. As recently as 10th November 2015, Hon Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Six in Abuja issued a judicial license through an ex-parte (one sided) order; to the authorities of the DSS to detain Citizen Nnamdi Kanu for ninety (90) days for the phantom purpose of investigating him for terrorism and terrorism financing.

“The consequence of the kangaroo order is that: the DSS has been judicially licensed to torture, detain incommunicado and slam trumped up charges against the non violent self determination campaigner. As we write, Citizen Nnamdi Kanu is undergoing excruciating torture both physically and mentally in the hands of his DSS captors. Part of psychological or mental torture being so inflicted is total denial of access to his lawyers, family and doctors.

“His lead-Counsel, Barr Egechukwu V. Obetta told our Coalition last night that all judicial and administrative efforts he made to see his client (Citizen Nnamdi Kanu) before and after his last court appearance on 23rd November 2015 have been blocked and frustrated by the DSS; particularly following the kangaroo court order; which the DSS now uses as a license and an excuse. Citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s access to his family and doctors has also been blocked and denied by the DSS.

“Nigeria holds world record of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. The country’s security forces and intelligence establishments are notorious in using torture to extract or obtain confessional statements especially when it comes to trumped up charges or spurious criminal accusations such as terrorism and terrorism financing; under which the DSS fabricated an affidavit and secured a kangaroo order or license to detain and interrogate (torture) Citizen Nnamdi Kanu.”

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