The Fear of the Ishi-Agu And The Gross Abuse of the Rights of Nnamdi Kanu

<SUNBIGHT>~Opinion~Afor~20th February,2022 @ 12:34 WAT

Author: Ikenga Onyekachi

WHAT is the Ishi-Agu?

Ishi-Agu is a popular traditional attire originated from the old eastern region imprinted with the face of a roaring lion or leopard.

I am not about to become a fashion analyst or a designer but my point of writing is the fear of Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS) and Judge Binta Nyako by denying the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from choosing his own clothing in which to appear for his trial.

The defence counsel, had reported to the trial judge that the DSS rejected the clothing brought for Kanu by his brother thereby going against the court order for a change of clothing for his client.

The trial Judge Binta Nyako, seeking the response of the DSS representative was told that the clothing brought for Kanu was engraved with the face of a lion which the DSS described as intimidating and provocative.

Then, the trial judge demanded from Kanu what kind of clothing he prefers, the IPOB leader replied he prefers the traditional attire which is the Ishi-Agu.

Unbelievable, Judge Binta Nyako rejected his choice of Ishi-Agu and told the defence counsel to provide plain clothing for his client. She even claimed she has the Ishi-Agu attire but will not allow Kanu wear such to her courtroom.

Judge Binta Nyako quickly forgot that two of the former co-defendant of Nnamdi Kanu, Bright Chimezie and Benjamin Maduagwu appeared in her courtroom on February 2nd wearing the Ishi-Agu attire.

There are no fair reasons to deny Nnamdi Kanu his choice of clothing as long as it is decent but decision of the trial judge shows disdain for the people of old eastern region as always portrayed by the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian government has changed the right to self-determination to treasonable felony to justify the trial of Nnamdi Kanu and other Biafran prisoners of conscience.

The administration of Muhammadu Buhari in all efforts to imprison the IPOB leader has contravened its own constitution, including  international charters and conventions.

Till date, the Nigerian government has failed to explain the abduction of Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya. Rather the Kenyan government has publicly stated that Kanu was never subjected to any extradition or even deportation as official record showed he was legally admitted into the country.

The Nigerian government contravened its own constitution which provided in its fundamental rights at Section 35(1) that ‘No person shall be deprived of his liberty save in accordance with a procedure permitted by law.’

This simply means that since Kanu was never legally extradited it implies his personal liberty has been grossly abused and not in accordance with the law.

Notably, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights which Nigeria is a signatory and bounded affirmed in Article 6 that “No one may be deprived of his freedom except for reasons and conditions previously laid down by law. In particular, no one may be arbitrarily arrested or detained.”

Therefore, the Nigeria government needs to explain if Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in accordance with law of Kenya or he was kidnapped and brought to Nigeria.

The same African Charter clearly stated in its Principles and Guidelines on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Part 5(A) as thus: “A state may not transfer ,(e.g deport, expel, remove, extradite) an individual to the custody of another state unless it is prescribed by law and in accordance with due process and other international human rights obligations. Deportation, expulsion, and removal cannot be used to circumvent criminal  justice processes, including extradition procedures. Extra-ordinary renditions, or any other transfer without due process is prohibited.”

The Nigerian government is by treaty bounded by this law but failed woefully in abiding bumy it.

The administration of Muhammadu Buhari in collaboration with the political jobbers of Igbo origin can continue to play games with the trial of Nnamdi Kanu but they must understand that the IPOB leader is not the Sovereign State of Biafra.

With or without Nnamdi Kanu, the struggle continues until victory is assured.

My friendly advice to them is to prepare for the next phase in which the clamour for self-determination for Biafrans shall occur and may become too violent and incomparable with the recent actions of unknown gunmen.

It is obvious the youths have become more daring and volatile.■

Please be informed that the view and expression of the author are personal and does not represent that of SUNBIGHT MEDIA.

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