By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA – The proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday, raised the alarm over alleged plot by prison officials to kill some of its members that have been in detention since 2015.
The group, in a statement that was signed by its lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said its attention was drawn to “desperate strategies” being put in place to eliminate three pro-Biafra agitators hitherto facing trial with their ‘missing’ leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
“Our attention was this morning drawn to desperate strategies being put in place by some faceless prison official in Kuje prison at the command of the State to kill Benjamin Madubugwu, Bright Chimezie, and David Nwawuisi.
“A distress call received from Benjamin Madubugwu vide Welfare Department office of Kuje prison this morning, called for immediate attention of the international community, United Nations, European Union and responsible international organizations.
“From the account given over the telephone, Benjamin Madubugwu narrated to us how he and other two IPOB members (Bright Chimezie and David Nwawuisi) have been singled out and consequently subjected to various forms of inhuman treatments and degradation.
“Apart from violent raid and teargarssing of their cells by the agents of Federal Government, Benjamin Madubugwu was particularly beaten up, amidst servere injuries and bodily harms inflicted on him vide this unprovoked attack by lawless prison wardens led in aid by Arms Squad department, he has been transferred to a deadly cell where he now shares apartment with deadly members of Boko Haram convicts and other notorious violent criminals.
“Benjamin Madubugwu was in the recent past diagonised of life threatening ailments which requires urgent advance medical attention overseas.
“Following the intervention of the court, an order was made allowing him access to his personal Doctor.
“Most shockingly, but very interesting to note that in a plot reasonably believed to have been orchestrated by agents of the State, his personal physician in the person of Dr. Ikechukwu Amadi who is administering improvise medical care on him was in a mysterious circumstance killed by persons believed to be working for the state.
“Dr Amadi has since the 27th day of April 2018 been committed to mother earth in his home town at Udi in Enugu State while the real cause of his sudden but mysterious death is yet to be unravelled.
“It is not unlikely that the state is seriously strategising on their next possible target. Mr Benjamin Madubugwu who is presently languishing in Kuje medium security prison since 2015 for offences he never committed has been refused bail severally on grounds and circumstances not sustainable under the extant laws, practise and procedures.
“It is important to alert the world that Benjamin who had expressed fears of grand design by the paid scrupulous prison official to eminiate him at all cost and by any means, during his numerous appearance in court and during our private visit to him in Kuje prison may be counting his days on earth If no urgent step is taken by responsible international organizations, and commity of nations to call Nigerian Government to order.
“It is on the stenght of this ugly development that we are inviting the International community, Transperancy International, President Trump and Israelite counterpart to immediately intervene.
“This is a country where Government has no respect for the sanctity of Rules of Law”, the statement read.
The three detained pro-Biafra agitators were on March 20, re-arraigned before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on a three-count amended charge bordering on treasonable felony.
Justice Binta Nyako had on February 20, okayed separate trial for them, following inability of both the prosecution and the defence lawyers to produce the IPOB leader whose whereabouts has remained unknown since September last year.
In the amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, FG, alleged that the defendants, alongside Kanu (now at large) and others at large, “on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in Nigeria and London, United Kingdom, did conspire amongst yourselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, preparations being made by you and others at large, for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into a Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C77, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”