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Nnamdi Kanu US Lawyer Tables Fresh Request Before British Government Over IPOB’s Leader Continued Detention

The international counsel and spokesperson for Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Bruce Fein called on the British Government to facilitate the immediate release of the pro-Biafra activist.

Fein, in a letter to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing, said the verdict of the United Nations Working Group as legally binding on the Nigerian government. Recall that the UN group had declared the arrest and extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu as unlawful and an infringement on his international human rights.

The Working Group on arbitrary detention, under the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) also called for the immediate release of the IPOB leader and compensation to be paid to him by the Nigerian and Kenyan governments.

While insisting that the IPOB leader is a British citizen, Fein asked the British High Commissioner to ask the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to comply with the UN Group’s declaration calling for the immediate, unconditional release and reparation of Kanu.

The letter reads in part, “On July 20, 2022, the United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued a unanimous opinion addressing United Kingdom citizen Nnamdi Kanu’s kidnapping, torture, extraordinary rendition, and protracted detention without trial by Nigeria acting in collusion with Kenya.

“Among other things, the Working Group Opinion called upon Nigeria ‘to take urgent action to ensure the immediate unconditional release of Mr. Kanu.’ Paragraph 107. The Opinion catalogued the serial human rights violations of Nigeria and Kenya regarding Mr. Kanu: ‘The deprivation of liberty…in contravention of articles 2, 3, 7, 8, 9,10, 11, and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and articles 2, 9, 13, 14, 16, 19, and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights….’ Paragraph 105.

 

Source: Naija News

 

 

Six Killed, Scores Injured As Shiites, Security Agents Clash In Kaduna

No fewer than seven people were reportedly killed and 40 injured on Monday, following a clash between the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and security agents.

Naija News reports that IMN in a short statement stated that the incident occurred during the group’s Ashura mourning procession in Zaria, Kaduna. IMN stated that they were observing their peaceful procession across Nigerian and different parts of the world when the security agents attacked them.

The statement read: “Security forces have, today, Monday, gunned down at least seven followers of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H), and injured over 40 others during the Ashura mourning procession in Zaria which was observed peacefully across Nigeria and different parts of the world.”

A leader of the IMN, Aiyu Umar, who led the procession in Kaduna, also said: “Today, we came out to commemorate the day of Ashura. “The importance of the day is a day of seeking justice as Imam Hussein did. We use this date to remind the people that this day is the day of justice and people should emulate Imam Hussein in seeking justice.”

According to PUNCH, the leader of the movement in Zaria, Abdulhamid Bello, alleged that a combined team of security operatives shot indiscriminately at the members. Bello identified those killed to include Jafar Jushi, Kazeem Magume, Ali Samaru, Muhsin Zakzaky, Umar Fatika and another member who he could not identify.

He added that the total number of casualties was still unknown but many of them have been rushed to St Luke’s Hospital, Wusasa, while those in critical condition were taken to ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika l, also in Zaria. In an interview, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalinge, said he was not aware of the incident and has not been informed.

 

Source: Naija News/Punch