The family of Nigerian separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu has raised an alarm about a threat to their son’s life in prison custody.
Nnamdi Kanu (middle)
The family of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has petitioned the United States of America and the European Union to intervene in the alleged maltreatment of their son by the prison authorities and security agents.
They alleged that the Federal government was planning to kill Kanu without traces.
In a statement signed by a brother of the IPOB leader, Mr Emmanuel Kanu, on behalf of the family and made available to a Punch correspondent in Awka, Anambra state, the family alleged that their son and other Biafra agitators detained with him at Kuje were being humiliated by the prisons authorities and the officials of the Directorate of State Service.
They said the IPOB leader with his fellow IPOB detainees were being stopped from receiving visitors. Others petitioned were Amnesty International and Human rights Watch.
Their petition read in part, “We observed with great dismay the conspiracy by the DSS and the Prison authorities through their prison wardens to stop Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from receiving visitors in Kuje prison Abuja.
“The leader of the indigenous people of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally alongside with him were only allowed to receive visitors for one hour a day from Monday to Friday in a week while other inmates were always allowed to receive visitors five hours in a day from Monday to Sunday, seven days a week.
“It is a huge embarrassment on the side of the British government who have been denied access to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje prison by the security agents and prison authorities through the prison wardens.
“The security agents and prison wardens stopped the British people who intended to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the prison to see the leader of the
indigenous people of Biafra IPOB.”
They added that the denial of IPOB leader from receiving visitors was a decoy by the federal government to killed the IPOB leader, secretly.
They said, “Nevertheless, we observed that the security agents and prison authorities through the prison wardens are planning to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without anybody knowing when it will happen, that is why they are making sure nobody visits him again”.
“In line with this, we are calling on international community, USA, EU, Amnesty International, Human right Watch, Men and Women of good conscience and other relevant Human right organisations around the globe to caution the federal government of Nigeria and her security agents to stop their barbaric attitude towards my brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”.
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