Nigeria Under Fire to set Nnamdi kanu Free
a directive from the UN that the separatist be released, pressure is mounting on Nigerian authorities to free the persecuted leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu, who is currently in court, has been held in the Department of State Service (DSS) detention facility in Abuja, the nation’s capital, for roughly 14 months following the authorities’ capture and rendition of him from Kenya.
But according to reports, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the UN Human Rights Council has urged the Nigerian government to unconditionally release Kanu and make restitution for the abuse and torture he has endured and continues to endure.
Kanu’s foreign attorneys, Mr. Bruce Fein and Prof. Rachael Murray, along with his special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, spearheaded the initiatives that resulted in the UN resolution.
Speaking about the most recent development, Nigeria’s Senior Advocate and Chairman of the Igbo Lawyers Association (ILA), Chief Chuks Muoma, said that Nigeria was required to follow the UN order.
If Nigeria disregards the UN’s request that Kanu be released, according to Muoma, it will be an international scandal.
“It will be an international scandal to disobey a directive from such a body as the United Nations, so it has to carry out its membership obligations by obeying the direction to release and pay Kanu adequate compensation,” Muoma said.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which provided the Kanu opinion, is a quasi-judicial body with the legal authority granted by the UN to consider and decide on human rights complaints brought against UN member states.
“Furthermore, the opinion is legally binding on Nigeria because the decision is based primarily on human rights standards set by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which Nigeria is a signatory,” added Ejimakor.
“In addition, Nigeria has ratified other human rights laws that oblige it to abide by judgments like this in addition to the UN Charter.
A country can bind itself to international treaties and laws by ratifying them. Ratification subjects Nigeria to whatever it ratified, according to the provisions of Section 12 of the Nigerian Constitution and a plethora of Supreme Court of Nigeria decisions.
Therefore, it goes without saying that Nigeria is subject to decisions made by all UN bodies as a legitimate member of the organisation.
Nigeria has a responsibility to carry out this decision in letter and spirit. And it is anticipated to act quickly.
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