The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has appealed to international organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the Economic Community of West African States to help save Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB alleged that Kanu’s health has deteriorated because he has been denied access to medical doctors since he was taken into custody by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The group alleged further that its leader’s rights have been trampled upon by both the governments of Kenya and Nigeria.
The group’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘IPOB Raises Concern Over Leader’s Health,’ called on the federal government to ensure no harm befalls Kanu.
“We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wishes to alert the world and men of good conscience about the deteriorating health condition of our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has been in detention at the Department of State Services, (DSS) dungeon since his illegal abduction in Kenya and criminal repatriation to Nigeria.
“Every attempt by his physicians to gain access to him has been rebuffed by the DSS, thereby worsening his health condition,” the statement reads in part.
IPOB called on the international community to prevail on the government to allow Kanu have access to his doctors and stop maltreating him.
“We are alerting the world about this anomaly to compel the Nigerian government to grant our leader’s doctors access to see him for a thorough medical examination bearing in mind the terrible torture he underwent for eight days (8) at the hands of the Kenyan security agents.
“We wish to unequivocally state that no harm should befall our leader as the consequences can only be better imagined. This is not a threat but a promise! Nigeria has been wining and dining with bandits and terrorists but dehumanizing and killing peaceful agitators and freedom fighters.
“We urge human rights organizations, UN, AU, EU, ECOWAS, and other relevant organizations across the globe to rise in defense of justice and compel the Nigeria government and her compromised security agencies to grant our leader’s doctors unfettered access to him. Our Leader must not die in DSS custody, neither should he suffer any serious health complications,” the statement added.
“Our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not committed any crime against Nigerian or Kenyan government to warrant being treated as a criminal. Human rights organizations and men and women of good conscience across the world should not watch idly while the wicked Nigerian security agents are dehumanizing our leader.
“Our leader’s fundamental human rights have been grossly violated by the Nigerian government and Kenya government and continue to be violated with each passing day under the illegal custody of the DSS.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu must be released to enable him to undergo a proper medical examination, having gone through the most horrendous inhumane treatment and torture at the hands of the Kenyan security agents,” the statement adds.
Meanwhile, the lawyer to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor has taken a swipe at Ohanaeze Ndigbo over its decision to monitor the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ejimakor stated that sympathizers should stress on opposing Kanu’s trial instead of talking about fair trial and convergence of monitors for the trial that he said does not arise in the circumstance of his abduction to Nigeria.
He argued that since the Nigerian government broke international protocol and illegally abducted Kanu.