The United Nations has formally raised considerations over the arrest and detention and torture of IPOB chief Nnamdi Kanu by the DSS
The UN said this in its Mandates of the Particular Rapporteur on Torture and different merciless, inhuman or degrading therapy or punishments; the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; the Particular Rapporteur on the precise of everybody to the enjoyment of the very best attainable normal of bodily and psychological well being; Particular Rapporteur on minority points and the Particular Rapporteur on the promotion and safety of human rights and elementary freedoms whereas countering terrorism.
The physique stated it obtained info on allegations of pressured disappearance, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of Nnamdi Kanu by Kenyan safety officers in addition to his unlawful rendition to Nigeria to face trial for terrorism-related expenses, which had been believed to be linked to his management of the IPOB.
“Whereas we don’t prejudge the accuracy of those allegations, we want to categorical our concern in relation to the enforced disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu from June 19, 2021, till his reappearance at Nigerian Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja on June 29, 2021, and his reported unlawful rendition from Nairobi to Abuja with out judicial course of,” the group stated.
“We’re additional alarmed by the alleged torture and ill-treatment Mr Kanu has been subjected to throughout his detention by the DSS in Nigeria. If confirmed, these allegations would represent prima facie violations of elementary human rights, together with the precise to not be arbitrarily disadvantaged of liberty and absolutely the and non-derogable prohibition of torture and different ill-treatment below the Worldwide Covenant on Political and Civil Rights.
“The Committee in opposition to Torture and the UN Human Rights Committee has repeatedly concluded that enforced disappearances might quantity to torture and different types of ill-treatment each with regard to the disappeared and with regard to their members of the family, because of the anguish and uncertainty in regards to the date and whereabouts of family members.”
The UN additionally demanded a proof of the preliminary steps taken by the federal authorities to safeguard the rights of Kanu in compliance with worldwide devices.
“As it’s our duty below the mandates supplied to us by the Human Rights Council to hunt to make clear all instances delivered to our consideration, we might be glad about your observations on the next issues: any further info and any remark you will have on the above-mentioned allegations.
“Please present detailed info on the present state of well being of Mr Kanu and the measures undertaken, or foreseen, to forestall any irreparable harm to his life and private integrity and to make sure that he has entry to the medicines and medical therapy required by his well being circumstances.
“Please present detailed info on the circumstances during which Mr Kanu was arrested, forcibly disappeared earlier than being handed over to Nigerian authorities and transferred from Nairobi to Abuja. Additionally present any worldwide arrest warrant which will have been issued in opposition to him, previous to his arrest.”
The UN physique additionally requested that detailed info on the factual and authorized grounds of Kanu’s arrest and detention be supplied in addition to formal expenses in opposition to him and the authorized provisions used to cost him.
It additionally demanded explanations on how Kanu’s arrest and detention are in conformity with the worldwide human rights obligations of Nigeria.