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We are alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Kanu has been subjected to during his detention by DSS in Nigeria

We are alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Kanu has been subjected to during his detention by DSS in Nigeria


The United Nations has expressed concern over the arrest of the chief of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and his continous detention and alleged torture whereas within the Department of State Services (DSS) custody.

 

This was contained in UN’s Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading remedy or punishments; the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; the Special Rapporteur on the fitting of everybody to the enjoyment of the very best attainable normal of bodily and psychological well being; Special Rapporteur on minority points and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and safety of human rights and elementary freedoms whereas countering terrorism.

 

The UN famous that it acquired data on allegations of enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of Nnamdi Kanu by Kenyan Security Officials in addition to his unlawful rendition to Nigeria to face trial for terrorism-related fees, which have been believed to be linked to his management of the IPOB.

 

The worldwide physique which additionally alleged that Kanu has been denied household visits, confidential entry to a lawyer and obligatory medical remedy for his underlying sickness, acknowledged that these represent a violation of elementary human rights.

 

The mandate reads; 

 

 “While we don’t prejudge the accuracy of those allegations, we want to categorical our concern in relation to the enforced disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu from June 19, 2021, till his reappearance at Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja on June 29, 2021, and his reported unlawful rendition from Nairobi to Abuja with out judicial course of.

“We are additional alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr Kanu has been subjected to 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 beneath the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights.

“The Committee against Torture and the UN Human Rights Committee has repeatedly concluded that enforced disappearances may amount to torture and other forms of ill-treatment both with regard to the disappeared and with regard to their family members, due to the anguish and uncertainty concerning the date and whereabouts of loved ones.”

 

Demanding for an rationalization on the preliminary steps taken by the Federal Government to safeguard the rights of Kanu in compliance with worldwide devices, the UN additionally requested that the detailed data on the factual and authorized grounds of Kanu’s arrest and detention be offered in addition to formal fees in opposition to him and the authorized provisions used to cost him.

 

The mandate added; 

 

 “As it’s our duty beneath the mandates offered to us by the Human Rights Council to hunt to make clear all instances dropped at our consideration, we’d be glad about your observations on the next issues: any further data and any remark you could have on the above-mentioned allegations.

“Please present detailed data on the present state of well being of Mr Kanu and the measures undertaken, or foreseen, to forestall any irreparable injury to his life and private integrity and to make sure that he has entry to the medicines and medical remedy required by his well being situations.

“Please provide detailed information on the circumstances in which Mr Kanu was arrested, forcibly disappeared before being handed over to Nigerian authorities and transferred from Nairobi to Abuja. Also provide any international arrest warrant that may have been issued against him, prior to his arrest.”

 

The federal authorities was additionally requested to clarify how Kanu’s arrest and detention are in conformity with the worldwide human rights obligations of Nigeria.

 

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