Release Nnamdi Kanu With Immediate Effect – EU To Buhari

No fewer than 16 members of Europe­an Union Parliament have called for immediate investigation into cases of hu­man rights abuse in Nigeria.

The call is coming in the wake of the recent damning report by the Amnesty In­ternational indicting Nigeria security forces in the extra- judicial killing of over 150 Biafra agitators.

The concerned EU par­liamentarians in a letter they addressed to the High Rep­resentative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, also demanded the imme­diate release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

According to the letter, in Umuahia through IPOB, the parliamentarians also sought the EU to pre­vail on the Nigerian Gov­ernment to stop using force against Biafra agitators.

Some of the signatories to the letter include: Julie Ward, Ana Gomes, Bart Staes, Bea­triz Becerra, and Brando Benifei.
Others include: Catherine Stihler, Ernest Urtasun, Eva Joly, Hilde Vautmans, Jude Kirton-Darling, Kati Piri and Miapetra Kumpula-Natri.
Michèle Rivasi, Nessa Childers, Pascal Durand, Philippe Lamberts also signed the letter which read in part:
“We write in regards to the unlawful detention of “Nnamdi” Kenny Okwu Kanu, a dual British-Nigeri­an citizen and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the continued violence towards IPOB sup­porters as perpetrated by the Nigerian Government.

“Since 14th October 2015, Kanu has been illegally im­prisoned by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, despite being acquitted of all charges brought against him.
“The authorities accused Kanu and his two co-defen­dants, Benjamin Madubug­wu and David Nwawuisi, of trying to overthrow the Nigerian head of state by broadcasting secessionist propaganda on the under­ground media outlet Radio Biafra, which campaigns for the independence of Biafra from Nigeria. Kanu, Mad­ubugwu and Nwawuisi deny all charges brought against them.
“On 19th October in Abuja, the Chief Magistrate, Hon Shuaibu, discharged Kanu of all criminal charges including the allegation of managing and belonging to an unlawful society, criminal intimidation and of criminal conspiracy. Shuaibu granted Kanu bail, of which all the conditions were met, but the Department of State Services refused to release him.

“The charges of crimi­nal conspiracy, engaging in unlawful society and crimi­nal intimidation were then withdrawn on 16th De­cember 2015, but still Kanu, Madubugwu and Nwawuisi have not been released.
“On 17th December 2015, Justice Adeniyi Ade­mola ordered the uncondi­tional release of Kanu from the custody of the Depart­ment of State Security Ser­vices, but this was not en­acted.
“Kanu’s counsel have since appealed to the Eco­nomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to help ensure his safe re­lease, but to no avail. A court case on 5th October 2016 was later adjourned to 8th November, which has now been amended to 9th February 2017, due to the Nigeria Department of State Services failure to bring Kanu to court.

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