Group Wants UN To Sanction Nigeria over Detention of IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu


Group Wants UN To Sanction Nigeria over Detention of IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

BY Polycarp Ifeanyi, Onitsha

The Abia State Chapter of Congress of Civil Society Group ( CCSG) has petitioned United Nation Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to sanction or expel Nigeria for not releasing the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention.

The petition was signed by its Coordinator, Comrade Damian Ogudike and copied to Ambassador of Finland in Nigeria, the Ambassador of United States in Nigeria and Ambassador of European Union (EU) in Nigeria.

Ogudike said that it was on record that the United Nation (UN) committee Working Group on Arbitrary Detention ( WGAD) had on April 4, 2022 adopted a report which stated that Nigeria Government should release Kanu.

He noted that the report indicted both Nigeria and Kenya Governments for illegal arrest and extraordinary rendition, torture and continued detention of Kanu in the facility of Department of Security Services (DSS).

The activist also explained that the UN committee further gave Nigeria Government six months within which they would state its opinion on Kanu’s matter, steps taken to comply with all the recommendations thereof.

“From our findings, Nigeria Government did not comply to the recommendation given by your committee. They flagrant disobeyed the recommendation and this negligence to your committee resolution is creating unrest in the South East part of Nigeria. There is untold mayhem going on in the South East now”,  Ogudike stated.

“If your office delays further to intervene, war might set in and UN would not be able  to manage humanitarian crisis that will come out of it. It is believed that Nigeria population is estimated to be 200 million. If there is any break out of civil war, the out come will affect the entire world Peace”

He equally reminded the UN Secretary General that in the convention and charter, the convention gives him power to impose sanction or outright explosion to any member of the state who is threatening the peace of the world, pointing out that the crisis going on in Nigeria has gone to that level.

Ogudike urged the United Nation Secretary to disregard any report from the Nigeria Government or any other country telling him that Nigeria Government can contain the  level of crisis going on in Nigeria particularly in the South East.

He added that those reports were meant to deceive him and stop him from saving human lives in the South East State, stressing that the situation calls for immediate action to save lives.

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