The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Friday, declared its chief, Nnamdi Kanu, as a prisoner of conscience.
IPOB stated Kanu, who’s within the custody of the Division of State Companies, DSS, was arrested for committing no offence.
Emma Highly effective, the spokesman of IPOB, stated its chief solely advocated for self-determination because of the perceived oppression of the southeast.
An announcement by Highly effective reads: “Following the extraordinary rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria with out correct documentation for doing so and lengthy incarceration and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody, we the worldwide motion and household of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) want to state categorically to the folks of the world that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is now declared Prisoner Of Conscience.
“In 2015 Nnamdi Kanu was first arrested and subjected to an egregious violation of his elementary rights. After his miraculous escape from the army invasion of his house in 2017, he was kidnapped in Kenya and renditioned to Nigeria in June this yr.
“Mazi Nnamdi KANU has been in DSS detention in Abuja ever since then. We, due to this fact, have to tell the world, most civilized nations and the African continent that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is preventing for the liberty and self-determination of his folks as a result of underneath the United Nations Constitution, to which Nigeria is a signatory, self-determination shouldn’t be against the law.
“Beneath the African Union Constitution. to which Nigeria is a signatory, Self Dedication shouldn’t be against the law. Beneath the Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, notably Article 20, CAP A9, self-determination shouldn’t be against the law. As a matter of truth and legislation, Self Dedication is acknowledged without any consideration, each domestically and internationally. Above all, Self Dedication is a political opinion, which is acknowledged as a elementary proper underneath the Nigerian Structure.
“It’s a matter of public document that a whole bunch of involved residents exercising their rights to peaceable protest protested the incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu however had been massacred in chilly blood by Nigerian safety providers.
“Many extra had been arrested with out trial. Some disappeared and have by no means been discovered until at the moment.
“Through the army invasion of his residence, code-named operation Python dance, Mazi Kanu was virtually killed save for his miraculous escape.
“In 2021 he was kidnapped by the Nigerian authorities in Kenya and subjected to extraordinary rendition to Nigeria towards his will and towards all norms and guidelines of worldwide legislation.
“In each situations, he dedicated no offence identified to legislation. He solely advocated self-determination for his folks and all oppressed peoples in Nigeria.
“He did so peacefully by articulating the a long time of oppression, marginalisation, inequality, Apartheid, brutality and genocide to which his folks and all oppressed peoples in Nigeria have been subjected.
“And in gentle of these grievances, he demanded a referendum on self-determination and self-rule for the indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and all aggrieved teams and lovers of freedom.
“In doing so he bore no malice nor hate towards any group. He solely demanded self-determination as enshrined within the African Constitution and the United Nations constitution each of which Nigeria is a signatory.
“In peacefully articulating the grievances of an injured and oppressed folks and in searching for self-determination for all such peoples; Nnamdi Kanu broke no legislation inside or exterior Nigeria.
“The indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has been and stays a peaceable organisation, devoid of any hate or violence and completely dedicated to its goals and goals by way of peaceable democratic means as recognised by worldwide legislation.
“Having regards due to this fact to the entire above and his continued extrajudicial detention; we hereby declare Mazi Nnamdi Kanu a “Prisoner Of Conscience”.
“We accomplish that as a result of like Nelson Mandela, he broke no legislation nor dedicated any offence. He solely advocated freedom for his folks from decades-long Apartheid stage oppression and tyranny.
“We use this chance to place the world on discover to ongoing extrajudicial detentions, persecution and widespread human rights violations in Nigeria.
“In the identical vein, we name on the US, the good state of Isreal, the European Union, the African Union, the United Nations, Amnesty Worldwide, Human Rights Watch and all lovers of freedom to intervene earlier than it’s too late.”