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The United Nations has reportedly voiced anger over Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), being tortured and maltreated while arrested in Kenya, and has submitted “urgent pleas” against Nigeria and Kenya for Kanu’s rendition.
Kingsley Kanunta, the separatist agitator’s brother, revealed this on Tuesday, saying he had taken a series of urgent efforts within the international community, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United Nations, in the last three months.
The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice had urged on the Federal Government following due procedure in re-arresting and repatriating Kanu from Kenya to face his trial in Nigeria, according to Validnewstoday.
Kanunta has now revealed that he worked quietly with Aloy Ejimakor, his brother’s Special Counsel, and the Bindmans (Kanu’s British lawyers) on a series of muscular interventions aimed at presenting the case to the international community, facilitating his unconditional release, and holding the perpetrators of the illegal rendition accountable.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he noted that the interventions were kept secret because the applicable norms, particularly those of the United Nations, mandated that they be kept secret for 60 days.
Following the expiration of the 60-day period, the UN made public the details of its ‘Urgent Appeals’ to the Nigerian and Kenyan governments, which were sent between August 26 and August 26, 2021.
The UN also made public an acknowledgement it got on September 17, 2021 from the ‘Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations,’ according to Kanu’s brother.
According to him, the abovementioned urgent appeals indicated, among other things, that the United Nations is
“alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr. Kanu has been subjected to during his illegal custody in Kenya. If confirmed, these allegations would constitute prima facie violations of fundamental human rights, including the right not to be arbitrarily deprived of liberty, and the absolute and non-derogable prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment under the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (ICCPR)”.
The urgent appeals further read, “The allegations in the case of Mr. Kanu raise serious violations of international human rights law and may cause irreparable damage to his life or personal integrity, which we believe warrants prompt attention. In this regard, we are considering to publicly express our concerns in this case in the near future, believing that the wider public should be informed about the implications of these allegations for the enjoyment and exercise of human rights in Kenya and Nigeria. Any public expression of concern in this regard, will indicate that we have been in contact with your Excellency’s Government to clarify the issue/s in question.
While awaiting a reply, we urge that all necessary interim measures be taken to prevent any irreparable damage to the life or personal integrity of Mr. Kanu, halt the alleged violations and prevent their re-occurrence and in the event that the investigations support or suggest the allegations to be correct, to ensure the accountability of any person responsible of the alleged violations”.
“It is important to emphasize that this is just the beginning of more United Nations and other global strong actions that would be seen in the coming weeks. While we await for such actions to unfold, we wish to inform the public that we will remain resolute and relentless in bringing the full weight of the international community to bear on the unconditional release of me brother and leader without further delay.”