From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
The Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE) and Campaign for Democracy (CD), have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately release the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in obedience to the Appeal Court judgment.
The Executive Director of HURIDE and Chairman, CD South East Zone, Dede Uzor, expressed disappointment over the federal government’s refusal to release Kanu after a consequential court judgment by appellate court.
Recalled that a three-man panel of Court of Appeal had quashed all the charges against Kanu, directing that he should be set free from Department of State Services (DSS) facilities, where he has been detained since his rendition from Kenya.
The federal government refused to release him, and went to Supreme Court to obtain a stay of execution of the judgment but they were directed to return to Appeal Court.
But, the rights’ groups queried the rationale for still holding the IPOB leader in spite of a court order when members of Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani herdsmen and bandits were allegedly allowed to go scot-free by the government of President Buhari.
The groups alleged that the terrorists were not just released but absorbed into the Nigerian Army, the police and other security outfits in the country. The rights bodies wondered why the leader of Niger Delta Volunteer Force, Asari Dokubo, was allegedly allowed to carry and brandish AK-47 and other dangerous weapons of deaths with his boys but Kanu Nnamdi has been kept in dungeon just because of his agitation for the sovereignty of the indigenous people of Biafra.
They warned that the bane of this country is that some ethnic groups are seen as superior to others, stressing that all ethnic groups should be treated equally.