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IPOB raises alarm over Kanu, accuses Justice Nyanko of colluding with DSS to keep IPOB leader in solitary confinement

From PAT NNADI, Nsukka

For allegedly refusing to force the Directorate of State Security (DSS) to enforce its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental human rights while in DSS custody in Abuja, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, the presiding judge in Kanu’s treasonable felony case, has been accused by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of colluding with the DSS to keep Mazi Kanu in solitary confinement 23 hours a day.

IPOB said it had been forced to raise the alarm in view of what it described as ‘untoward development’ in respect of “the continued detention of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in a solitary confinement at the State Security Services, DSS, headquarters Abuja (with Justice Nyako watching as) an accomplice to the suffering of an innocent man who committed no crime known to law in Nigeria and the rest of the world.”

“We are watching her and DSS,” IPOB said in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful. “If anything untoward happens to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody, they will regret his extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is being held in solitary confinement 23 hours every day.”

Insisting that Justice Nyako was complicit in the alleged ill-treatment of Mazi Kanu in DSS custody in Abuja, IPOB said: “We raise this alarm again to the public to tell the world that Justice Binta Nyako is giving a blind eye to the impunity of the DSS against our leader. A judge should be fair to all especially the accused who has not been convicted. Kanu should not be treated with brutality simply because he is an Igbo.

“The fact that all orders made by the court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako about the welfare and management of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the DSS dungeon were all flouted by the detaining authority and DSS, without being reprimanded or committed for contempt by the presiding Judge, Justice Binta Nyako stands exposed to the world as a judge serving the primordial interests of her Fulani ethnic stock, and not the interest of Nigeria. This has further exposed her vulnerability and bias in this matter.

“Solitary confinement of an innocent person is a crime as stipulated under Section 2 of the Anti-torture Act of 2017, which offence attracts 25 years imprisonment upon conviction. One will begin to wonder why a Judge should be a party to the commission of this heinous crime against Mazi Nnamdi KANU and the entire race like Biafrans.

“It is no longer in contention that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is detained in a solitary confinement where he is daily subjected to mental and emotional torture because of his belief in Biafran freedom and independence.

“We are calling on men and women of good conscience, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Intersociety and other reputable human rights organisations across the globe to prevail on the Nigerian government and the compromised security agencies particularly the DSS, as well as Justice Binta Nyako to release Nnamdi KANU whose health condition needs urgent attention. He should not be allowed to die in detention as such scenario will not be in the interest of anybody.”

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