16 EU Members of parliament have jointly signed a letter requesting the EU to challenge President Buhari and the DSS over Nnamdi Kanu’s detention; calling it unlawful.
The MEPs pointed out that the government has without a doubt denied and abused the human rights of the detained IPOB leader as well as the members of the Pro-Biafra group.
It was acknowledged that hundreds of the pro-Biafra group were brutally massacred, tortured and detained while conducting a largely peaceful procession in honor of their founder, Odimegwu Ojukwu.
They urged the EU High Commission to address the case of Nnamdi Kanu who has been illegally detained since October 14, 2015.
They also noted the series of times the accused was cleared of his charges and granted bail but the DSS under the orders of the government chose to keep him in prison.
EU MEPs who signed the letter include: Julie Ward, Ana Gomes, Bart Staes, Beatriz Becerra, Brando Benifei, Catherine Stihler, Ernest Urtasun, Eva Joly and Hilde Vautmans, Jude Kirton-Darling, Kati Piri, Miapetra, Kumpula-Natri, Michèle Rivasi, Nessa Childers, Pascal Durand and Philippe Lamberts.
Parts of the letter read thus:
“It is clear that the fundamental human rights of Kanu, Madubugwu and Nwawuisi are being grossly violated. Human Rights Watch have reported of the violation of the defendants’ rights, including their right to a fair trial.”
“What is more, the Nigerian Government is also reportedly violating the human rights of Biafran activists. Scores of Biafrans are in detention for attempting to hold or participate in peaceful assemblies,”
“On behalf of the European Union, especially in respect to the EU-Nigeria partnership, the Nigeria EU Joint Way Forward, the developments of the 6th Nigeria-EU ministerial dialogue and the fact that Nigeria is a recipient of EU aid, we call upon you to:”
“Advocate for the immediate and safe release of Nnamdi Kanu and co-defendants Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.”
In October, the IPOB officially stated that since the Nigerian legal system has become totally questionable, the association would take the case to ECOWAS court.
The EU letter took cognizance of the fact that the Nigerian government has rebuffed ECOWAS. The case, which has been postponed twice, is currently scheduled for 9th February 2017.
Naij reports that the Nigerian government has warned ECOWAS to steer off Kanu’s case.