Incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu’s family has raised alarm over an alleged plot by prison wardens and the Department of State Services, DSS, to kill Kanu in prison.
Kanu’s family alleged that Kanu and his fellow IPOB detainees were prevented from receiving visitors because the prison wardens were plotting to hatch their plans without anyone knowing.
They therefore, petitioned the United States of America and the European Union to intervene in the alleged maltreatment of their son by the prison authorities and security agents.
In a statement signed by a brother of the IPOB leader, Mr Emmanuel Kanu, on behalf of the family, they alleged that their son and other Biafra agitators detained with him at Kuje were being humiliated by the prison authorities and the officials of the Directorate of State Service.
Others petitioned were Amnesty International and Human rights Watch. The petition read in part;
“We observed with great dismay the conspiracy by the DSS and the Prison authorities through their prison wardens to stop Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from receiving visitors in Kuje prison Abuja.
“The leader of the indigenous people of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally alongside with him were only allowed to receive visitors for one hour a day from Monday to Friday in a week while other inmates were always allowed to receive visitors five hours in a day from Monday to Sunday, seven days a week.
“It is a huge embarrassment on the side of the British government who have been denied access to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kuje prison by the security agents and prison authorities through the prison wardens.
“The security agents and prison wardens stopped the British people who intended to visit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the prison to see the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB.”
They added that the denial of IPOB leader from receiving visitors was a decoy by the federal government to kill the IPOB leader, secretly. Hear them;
“Nevertheless, we observed that the security agents and prison authorities through the prison wardens are planning to eliminate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu without anybody knowing when it will happen, that is why they are making sure nobody visits him again.
“In line with this, we are calling on international community, USA, EU, Amnesty International, Human right Watch, Men and Women of good conscience and other relevant Human right organisations around the globe to caution the federal government of Nigeria and her security agents to stop their barbaric attitude towards my brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”
Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress chieftain, Patrick Utomi has opened up on his recent meeting with the incarcerated leader of IPOB.
Mr. Utomi also said that Kanu’s continued detention is a violation of the rule of law. He said they discussed the state of the country and perceptions of levels of justice in the country and why the economy is challenged: because of policies of exclusion. He said;
“We discussed what we generally called the democratisation of discontent in Nigeria. That is to say there seems to be unhappiness about Nigeria everywhere around Nigeria, and therefore, the need to change course for the country.
“The whole idea is to create a platform for continuing conversation, to harmonise the views of different people about what the most appropriate solution is to this challenge of malcontent.”