The World Igbo Congress (WIC) has called on the Nigerian Government to ensure that leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, is safe, adding that the rights of the secessionist leader should be protected.
The group stated this on Wednesday and called on the “Nigerian Government to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu is treated following the rules and international conventions that guarantee that his rights and personal safety are protected.”
Kanu had in 2017 jumped bail, he was, however, rearrested and brought back to Nigeria on Tuesday. He is currently facing treason charges and is remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) following the Federal High Court’s order.
Meanwhile, the World Igbo Congress had in a statement signed and issued by its chairman Anthony Ejiofor and spokesperson Basil Onwukwe, called on the federal government to treat the IPOB leader according to universally accepted laws.
Kanu who is a UK citizen had been in the country after jumping bail. However, the government did not say where he was rearrested.
The group, however, claimed that the Biafran activist was not captured in the UK, urging the British Government and the international community to investigate the circumstances surrounding Kanu’s rearrest.
According to them, “The UK government needs to investigate the collision of any other country or party in this saga.”
“The government of the US, the UN and the international community to take note of the ongoing abuse of human rights in Nigeria including this matter of abduction of Nnamdi Kanu.”
“The world has taken notice of the disparity in the treatment of Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani herdsmen who have been designated as terrorists by known international agencies,” it added in the states where it called for the protection of the rights of Ndigbo.
“These killers are routinely arrested, compensated, released, and oftentimes absorbed into the Nigerian security services. On the other hand, the Igbo has been subjected to massive shoot-at-sight orders, arrests and abduction. We would like to emphasize that no government in the world or any international security agency has designated IPOB as a terrorist organization and Nnamdi Kanu is not on any terrorist watchlist anywhere in the world,” the group added.