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DOCUMENTS: UN Alarmed By Alleged Torture Of Nnamdi Kanu By Buhari Government, Accuses Nigeria Of Ignoring ‘Concerns’ On IPOB Leader



The United Nations has acknowledged that it’s alarmed by the refusal of the Nigerian authorities to answer its “issues” on the detained chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and the designation of the group as a terrorist group by the Muhammadu Buhari authorities.

A UN doc, dated, August 26, 2021, obtained by SaharaReporters, acknowledged this whereby the UN made “pressing appeals” to the Nigerian authorities on Nnamdi Kanu.

Within the doc obtained by SaharaReporters, the UN stated, “On this connection, we want to deliver to the eye of your Excellency’s Authorities data now we have obtained regarding allegations of enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, by Kenyan safety officers, in addition to his unlawful rendition to Nigeria, to face trial for terrorism associated costs, that are believed to be linked to his management of the “Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB)” group.


“Since his rendition to Nigeria, Mr. Kanu has been allegedly detained by the Division of State Providers (DSS), and denied household visits, confidential entry to a lawyer, and essential medical therapy for his underlying well being situation.


“Particular Procedures mandate holders have beforehand raised issues concerning the proscription of the IPOB as a terrorist organisation, in accordance with the Terrorism Act as amended in 2013, of their communication referenced AL NGA 5/2020. Moreover, issues relating to discrimination and violence in opposition to members of the Igbo minority have been additionally expressed of their communication referenced UA NGA 4/2017. We remorse the dearth of responses out of your Excellency’s Authorities to both communication. The case of Mr. Kanu was beforehand transmitted by the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances to the Authorities of Nigeria and clarified in 2017.


“In line with the knowledge obtained: Mr. Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu (Nnamdi Kanu), born on 25 September 1967, is a twin Nigerian and British nationwide, residing in London. He’s the founder and chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) group, an organisation established in 2012, with the target to secede the 5 states in South-East Nigeria from the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Nigeria) the place the Igbo minority are a numerical majority by a regional referendum and to re-establish an unbiased sovereign state of “Biafra”.


“Between 2015 and 2017, Mr. Kanu has been detained on costs together with treasonable felony, conspiracy to commit treasonable felony, unlawful importation of radio transmitter, and defamation of the President of Nigeria. Throughout his detention, he was allegedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment by officers from the Division of State Providers (DSS) in Nigeria. After being granted bail on well being grounds, Mr. Kanu fled the nation fearing for his life and the lifetime of his household, amid a navy raid of his home, on 14 September 2017, which killed and injured dozens of individuals.


“In Might 2021, Mr. Kanu travelled to Nairobi, Kenya. On 19 June 2021, he went to choose up a pal from Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport and was allegedly kidnapped. For the following ten days, Mr. Kanu’s destiny and whereabouts have been unknown.


“It was later reported that in his enforced disappearance, Mr. Kanu had been arrested on the airport’s parking zone, by a gaggle of armed males in uniform believed to be Kenyan officers, with out warrant or judicial order, who handcuffed and blindfolded him and pushed him right into a car. He was then taken to a personal home, the place he was detained for 8 days and allegedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment.


“Throughout this era, Mr. Kanu was chained to the ground always, usually overwhelmed with a fabric over his mouth to forestall him from screaming, taunted and known as a “terrorist Jew Biafran”, denied entry to bathtub and bathroom amenities, requiring him to urinate and defecate the place he was chained, and was fed bread and water as soon as a day.


“After 8 days of arbitrary detention in Kenya, Mr. Kanu was pushed to the tarmac of the Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport, handed over to Nigerian safety officers, with none type of extradition or judicial course of, and brought aboard a personal jet to Abuja, Nigeria. On 29 June 2021, Mr. Kanu appeared earlier than the Nigerian Federal Excessive Court docket, in Abuja, in handcuffs and leg restraints, and was arraigned, with out entry to authorized illustration, primarily based on earlier costs introduced in opposition to him in 2015.”


“Since his arrival to Nigeria, Mr. Kanu has been detained in solitary confinement on the DSS detention facility in Abuja, and denied visits from his household. On 1 July 2021, the British Excessive Commissioner in Nigeria requested data from the Legal professional Common relating to the circumstances of Mr. Kanu’s arrest and switch from Kenya to Nigeria, and consular entry. Each requests have been rejected or left unanswered,” the UN lamented.


Additional expressing deep issues, the UN stated, “Whereas we don’t want to prejudge the accuracy of those allegations, we wish categorical our concern in relation to the enforced disappearance of Mr. Kanu from 19 June 2021, till his reappearance at Nigerian Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on 29 June 2021, and his reported unlawful rendition from Nairobi to Abuja with out judicial course of. 



“We’re additional alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr. Kanu has been subjected throughout his detention by the DSS in Nigeria. If confirmed, these allegations would represent prima facie violations of elementary human rights, together with the fitting to not be arbitrarily disadvantaged of liberty, and absolutely the and non- derogable prohibition of torture and different ill-treatment underneath the Worldwide Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (ICCPR) and the Conference in opposition to Torture and different Merciless, Inhuman or Degrading Therapy or Punishment (CAT), ratified by Nigeria on 29 July 1993, and 28 June 2001 respectively. 


“Furthermore, The Committee in opposition to Torture and the UN Human Rights Committee have repeatedly concluded that enforced disappearances might quantity to torture and different types of ill-treatment each with regard to the disappeared and with regard to their members of the family, because of the anguish and uncertainty regarding the destiny and whereabouts of loved-ones.


“We’re additionally deeply involved concerning the alleged denial of elementary safeguards together with common and confidential entry to authorized counsel, contact together with his household and with British consular providers. On this connection, we want to remind your Excellency’s Authorities of Mr. Kanu’s proper to a good trial respecting the ideas of due course of and procedural safeguards, as codified in articles 9, 10 and 14 of the ICCPR. 


“These issues are compounded by Mr. Kanu’s well being situation and the alleged lack of entry to sufficient medical therapy whereas he’s being detained underneath dire detention circumstances on the DSS detention facility. These allegations if confirmed would represent a violation of the fitting to well being established in article 12 of the Worldwide Covenant on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights, and of the UN Normal Minimal Guidelines for the Therapy of Prisoners and the Fundamental Rules for the Therapy of Prisoners, which forsee that prisoners who’ve underlying well being points have the fitting to speedy and unrestricted entry to essential medicines. Together with in circumstances of pressing medical emergencies, and may have entry to well being providers out there within the nation with out discrimination.”



SaharaReporters had earlier reported that the UN stated in its “pressing appeals” that the Nigerian and Kenyan governments ought to furnish it with particulars of how Kanu was arrested and illegally delivered to Nigeria.  


In a launch despatched to SaharaReporters, Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Kingsley Kanu, had additionally stated he working with the legal professionals undertook the interventions to the United Nations, which required the small print to be saved confidential for 60 days.


The discharge was titled, “‘Pressing Appeals’ within the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in opposition to Nigeria and Kenya.”


Kingsley had stated, “Following the extraordinary rendition of my older brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, I undertook a variety of pressing steps inside the realm of the worldwide group, significantly in Britain and the United Nations. I labored quietly with my brother’s Particular Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor and the Bindmans (my brother’s legal professionals in Britain) on a number of muscular interventions aimed toward presenting my brother’s case to the worldwide group and facilitating his unconditional launch and bringing the culprits of his unlawful rendition to account.


“These interventions weren’t made recognized to most people as a result of the relevant guidelines, particularly that of the United Nations, required them to be saved confidential for sixty days.


“These 60 days simply expired and the United Nations has due to this fact made public the small print of its ‘Pressing Appeals’ to the Nigerian and Kenyan Governments, which have been transmitted since twenty sixth August, 2021. It additionally has made public an acknowledgment it obtained on seventeenth September, 2021 from the ‘Everlasting Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations’.


“Each paperwork are hooked up to this Press Launch. Specifically, the stated Pressing Appeals states partially that the United Nations is “alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr. Kanu has been subjected to throughout his unlawful custody in Kenya. If confirmed, these allegations would represent prima facie violations of elementary human rights, together with the fitting to not be arbitrarily disadvantaged of liberty, and absolutely the and non-derogable prohibition of torture and different ill-treatment underneath the Worldwide Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (ICCPR).


“It is very important emphasize that that is only the start of extra United Nations and different international sturdy actions that will be seen within the coming weeks. Whereas we await for such actions to unfold, we want to inform the general public that we are going to stay resolute and relentless in bringing the total weight of the worldwide group to bear on the unconditional launch of me brother and chief with out additional delay.”


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