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Nnamdi Kanu: IPOB takes protest to Amnesty Int’l

By Ikenna Asomba 

Following the alleged assault by security operatives on some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who protested yesterday, in parts of the country, calling for the immediate release of the controversial Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, Vanguard gathered on Wednesday, that the separatist movement has sent a petition to Amnesty International (AI).

One of the protesters allegedly injured by security operatives during Tuesday's protest in Awka, the Anambra state capital, by members of IPOB
One of the protesters allegedly injured by security operatives during Tuesday’s protest by members of IPOB, in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

Kanu, was arrested in Lagos, last Saturday, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), when  he arrived Nigeria from his United Kingdom base.

Irked by his continued detention, thousands of his supporters comprising women and youths protested across parts of Rivers, Delta, Enugu, Abia and Anambra States, calling for his immediate release by the Nigerian authorities.

A source who pleaded anonymity, told Vanguard that members of IPOB stormed the India office of Amnesty International on 4th Floor, Statesman House, Connaught Place, Barakhamba, New Delhi, Delhi, to present pictorial and video evidence of alleged assaults by security operatives on protesting women, particularly in Awka, the Anambra state capital.

Recall that Vanguard earlier reported that Kanu had been granted bail by the Abuja Municipal Council Magistrate court.

He was secretly arraigned there by the DSS.

He was said to have yet to fulfill his bail conditions.

IBOP lawyer, Mr. Egechukwu Obetta told Vanguard that, “Nnamdi was put in the same cell with terrorists. He has a health challenge which is life threatening. He is sensitive to delicacies. He told us that he will never eat any food served by the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

However, midway into Vanguard’s chat with the lawyer, a call came in, indicating that Kanu has been granted bail in the sum of N2 million or with surety of N2 million with a civil servant of grade level 16.

“The DSS secretly arraigned him before the magistrate’s court and he was granted bail. He is, however, yet to meet the bail conditions and that has made them to still hold him in detention,” said Obetta.

Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report, there were strong indication that Mr. Kanu was still detained by Nigeria’s secret police in an undisclosed dungeon.

This is even as members of IPOB have taken their protests to Nigerian embassies in countries such as Morocco, India, Hong Kong among others.

 

 


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