Nnamdi Kanu petitions Buhari to release him immediately

By AdvocateNews on 05/10/2022

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The detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has sent an urgent petition to President Muhammadu Buhari appealing for his immediate and unconditional release.

The petition, which was sent through his solicitors, Mike A. A. Ozekhome, SAN, is seeking an order for his immediate release through a more productive “political solution”. “You can do this by instructing the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation to wield his powers under section 174 of the 1999 Constitution to enter a “nolle prosequi”.

“This will immediately halt the present restlessness and sits-at-home mantra currently ravaging the South East and paralysing business and normal life

“We make this Executive summary because you are about to read a very lengthy letter comprising of an admixture of law (municipal and international), ethics, morality, and your well documented promises that led to your two-time election as president of this great country. We also do this Executive Summary being acutely aware of your very busy schedule as President and Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the petition said.

According to the Solicitors, the appeal will enable President Buhari to correct a long-standing travesty: the continued detention by the Nigerian Government of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions.

It noted that Kanu is currently being tried at the Federal High Court for sundry offences, in the course of which he was granted bail. He dutifully observed the terms and conditions of the bail until he was brutally attacked by men of the Nigerian Army on Sunday 10th and Thursday 14th, September, 2017. As a direct consequence of that unprovoked assault, 28 innocent Nigerians were brutally mauled down.

“Kanu barely managed to escape out of Nigeria by the whiskers through the skin of his teeth. It was apparently a state sponsored assassination attempt on his life. As if that was not bad enough sir, Kanu’s subsequent sojourn in exile to seek refuge in London, from where he travelled to Kenya, was brutally aborted, on 26th June, 2021, when he was savagely abducted, blind-folded, tortured, kept in solitary confinement for 8 days in a secret location, and forcibly renditioned back to Nigeria.

“This was carried out arbitrarily without due process and without recourse to the judicial systems of Kenya, the UK and Nigeria. Indeed, in Kenya, Kanu had simply been tortured and made to disappear, and kept out of circulation and public view in a secret facility for eight (8) good days, by the Kenya authorities and at the behest of Nigerian authorities.

“It was an illegal collaboration between the Kenyan and Nigerian secret agents,” the petition said.

The petition noted, however, that the matter is irredeemable, as President Buhari can yet redeem it; and write his name in gold by ordering the immediate and unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu from his present excruciating detention as ordered by the United Nations, through its Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Posted 05/10/2022 7:44:04 PM


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