Following the manner Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra was brought into Nigeria from Kenya, the United Nations (UN) has been asked to probe the Governments of the two countries.
The latest plea was made at the weekend by Bruce Fein, Kanu’s international counsel and Uche Kanu, the wife in a letter to Barbara Woodward, President of the UN Security Council.
Woodward is also the United Kingdom Ambassador to the world body in New York, United States.
Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader was dragged to Nigeria in June 2021 after he was arrested in Kenya.
The petition urged the UN to establish an independent commission to “investigate the complicity of Nigerian and Kenyan government officials or their agents”.
They were accused of “criminal kidnapping, torture, extraordinary rendition, and indefinite arbitrary detention of United Kingdom citizen Nnamdi Kanu from Nairobi to Abuja”.
The duo also called for the establishment of a Special Tribunal outside either Nigeria or Kenya to prosecute the suspects identified by the commission.
They urged and demanded that the panel establish criminal responsibility for Nnamdi Kanu’s “kidnapping, torture, and extraordinary rendition from Nairobi, Kenya to Abuja, Nigeria”.
The petition says the agitator faces indefinite, ongoing, arbitrary detention in solitary confinement by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Fein and Uche want the resolution to establish a Special Tribunal to prosecute persons the commission finds have been responsible for Nnamdi Kanu’s ordeal.
“Convincing evidence in the public domain, direct and circumstantial, implicates Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian Attorney General Abubakar Malami, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, among others, in the above-referenced crimes against Nnamdi Kanu.”
The petition reminded the UN that the Governments of Nigeria and Kenya cannot be trusted to investigate or prosecute themselves.
“We submit that Security Council Resolution 1595, which established an independent Commission to investigate the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Harari, and Security Council Resolution 1757, which established a Special Tribunal for the prosecution of the responsible parties found by the independent Commission, should be considered.
“We are requesting for investigation and prosecution of the crimes against Nnamdi Kanu by Nigerian and Kenyan government officials or their agents”, the petitioners added.
How Buhari Government Robbed Me Of Victory In 2019 Elections – Ex-Vice President, Atiku
Former Vice President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said he was robbed of his mandate by the All Progressive Congress (APC), noting that he won the 2019 Presidential election.
He accused the APC of using the power of incumbency and the instrument of the Federal Government to deny him the mandate given to him by voters in 2019.
Atiku stated this while speaking with the Kaduna PDP delegates at the party secretariat on Tuesday night.
“Under no circumstance will that be allowed to repeat itself in the 2023 elections should the party give me the mandate to contest. Give me your votes again like you did in 2018, I assure you that I will not disappoint you,” he pleaded.
“If given the party’s mandate and I emerge President in 2023, I will invest in education, decisively address insecurity, and create employment for the youths; unite the country and give every part of the country a sense of belonging.
“I am here again to solicit for your votes like you gave me in 2018. I won the 2019 presidential election squarely but was robbed of it; just like you people were robbed in Kaduna State using government power of incumbency, but we won’t allow a repeat of that again in 2023.
“I therefore appeal to you to elect correct and competent leaders, if I get the mandate of the party and emerge victorious in 2023; I will unite Nigerians and give every part of the country a sense of belonging.
“If elected President, I will invest in education, decisively address insecurity and provide employment to our youths, give me your votes and you won’t regret doing so” he told the delegates.
BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Nigerian Government’s Six-Count Amended Charge Against Nnamdi Kanu
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday struck out a six-count amended charge brought against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
The judge threw away the fresh charges following its withdrawal by counsel to the Federal Government, Adamu Kaatu.
Citing the need for the government to open the trial of Kanu after years of delay, Kaatu opted to withdraw the new charges when it was discovered the trial cannot be opened when an amended charge is pending.
Apparently desperate that witnesses be called to give evidence against Kanu, the government lawyer hurriedly applied for the withdrawal which was not opposed by Mike Ozekhome (SAN) standing for the defendant.
Justice Nyako, in a brief ruling, struck out the amended charge to pave way for the Federal Government to open its case against Kanu.
It had earlier been reported that the government, a few hours to the hearing of Kanu’s bail application, amended the treasonable felony charges against the IPOB leader.
This had been made known by Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu’s Special Counsel, in an interview, saying the seven-count charge was amended.
“The Federal Government just amended the charges against Nnamdi Kanu now, they removed one; you know it was seven, but they removed one, and now it’s six. We are in court waiting for the judge’s arrival, and Kanu himself is yet to arrive,” Ejimakor had said.
But, in a recent development, the government had now withdrawn the six-count charge and had continued with the initial seven-count charge filed against the defendant.
The IPOB leader is facing charges of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism, and illegal possession of firearms, among others.