Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader, has charged the Federal Government of Nigeria to respect the rights of the leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, disclosed, on Tuesday that the leader of the separatist group, Kanu was captured through the collective efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.
After this announcement, there have been several reactions from dignitaries across the country, the spokesman of the secessionist group as well as from international communities.
In 2015, Kanu was arrested and was charged with a treasonable felony but he had jumped bail in 2017 and fled abroad following the military action, code-named “Operation Python Dance”, that targeted his family house in Abia state.
Reports have it that Kanu was lured to an African country with a promise of cash donations worth billions of dollars before he was captured and extradited to Nigeria.
Abaribe, in a statement released by his media aide, Uchenna Awom, on Wednesday, disclosed that the Nigerian government must be guided by section 31 of the constitution and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, which according to him says:
“It is the duty of the government in this instance to protect him and ensure the respect of his fundamental human rights while his trial lasts.”
The Senate minority leader stressed that Kanu is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty, as the case remains trite law and he, however, called for calm.
He added that there is an opportunity to resolve amicably, the issues that might lead to the disruption of the peace and unity of the country.