Kanu Must Not Die in Detention – Intersociety Group

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Kanu Must Not Die in Detention – Intersociety Group
Kanu Must Not Die in Detention – Intersociety Group

By our Reporter

Confirmed information relates that an Anambra State-based human rights organisation, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Sunday, urged the Federal Government not to allow Nnamdi Kanu to die in custody.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Kanu, has been in solitary confinement at the detention facility of the Department of State Services since June 2021.

But very recently, Kanu’s brother claimed that the embattled IPOB leader was seriously ill and needed urgent medical treatment that required immediate surgery. He also alleged that DSS was starving him of food.

And addressing a press conference in Enugu on Sunday, an organisation, Intersociety, advised the apex government to ensure Kanu does not die in custody because of its consequence.

Resoundingly led by the principal officers and members of the Governing Board of Intersociety, the Board Chair, Chief Emeka Umeagbalasi, advised the federal government to start reconciling with aggrieve citizens of the country to douse tensions in the country instead of holding Kanu in detention, indefinitely.

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Again, while calling for the release of all other pro-Biafra agitators held in various detention facilities without trial, Umeagbalasi said that if Nnamdi Kanu should die in government’s hands, the consequences would be very “far-reaching”.

In his words, “Nnamdi Kanu must not die in detention. The DSS has the capacity to give medical treatment either in Nigeria or outside Nigeria. The consequences of dying in detention will be far-reaching.”

He advised that, “The federal government should also release all other pro-Biafra agitators held in various detention centres across the country. As a government that will soon wound up it should start making amend and use the political solutions in addressing the issue of pro-Biafra agitation.”

Variously, speaking on the forthcoming 2023 general elections and insecurity in the South-East, Intersociety called for the removal of 1500 military checkpoints and 4000 police checkpoints in Eastern Nigeria comprising the South-East and South-South.

Also, lamenting the economic, social and security implications of its current actions, Intersociety said, “those checkpoints have been converted to extortion points.”

The group further called for 60 per cent of senior security officers of non-eastern origin to be cut down and replaced with officers of eastern origin who understand the language and culture of the people.

Intersociety alleged that state actors and non-state actors in the East jointly killed 1700 civilians and abducted 1800 in 2022.

Again, the group accused the military personnel of colluding with criminal elements to perpetrate crime in the East, using military checkpoints and camouflage to kidnap people along the highways.

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