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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has made a public reminder to the United Nations Organisation to visit Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
The rights group opined that it was worried by some reports and allegations of torture being made by the detained IPOB leader.
This comes after the persistent complaints by Nnamdi Kanu who opened up about his being maltreated in the cells of the DSS, an allegation which has constantly been denied by the agency.
HURIWA made it clear it was now important that the UN, through her Country Representative, pay a monitoring visitation to the detention facility of the DSS to ascertain the actual veracity or otherwise of these consistent complaints by the leader of IPOB.
HURIWA also reported that there are wisespread allegations that the secret police is flouting Justice Binta Nyako’s order that it allows Kanu to change his clothes and has continued to starve the IPOB leader, according to his lawyer and human rights activist, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
HURIWA said it was disconcerting that the DSS, which is a creation of the law, can deliberately flout the binding orders of a court of competent jurisdiction as alleged by the lawyers.
For this reason, the group said it was “urging the United Nations, the European Union, the British Hogh Commission to visit and inspect the situation of the detainee, Kanu.”
HURIWA finally opined that although it is aware that the DSS has on many occasions denied those sets of allegations made by the legal representatives of Kanu, the high frequency of the complaints should merit a high profile visit by the International organisations in Nigeria such as the UN, EU and World’s democracies such as the diplomatic officials from Embassies of powerful nations with representation in Nigeria.
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