According to information made available by NAIJ.com the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and director of Radio Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court for the violation of his fundamental rights, that of his colleagues, as well as those of his supporters.
In the law suit dated March 3, 2016, Kanu names some of these violations as the case of his unlawful detention and reported torture, extra-judicial detention and torture, as well as the detention and murder of his followers all over Biafraland.
The mandate of the ECOWAS court is to enable the observance of law and of the principles of equity and the interpretation and application of the provisions of the revised treat and all other subsidiary legal instruments adopted by community.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in October 2015 by the Department of State Services (DSS), after he had flown from the UK, to Lagos. He has since been granted bail, but has not been released. His continual detention has led to pro-Biafra rallies, protests and demonstrations in Port Harcourt, Asaba, Onitsha, Enugu, Aba, Owerri, Umuahia and all Igbo land.
Unfortunately, those rallies, protests and demonstrations have led to the killing and maiming of some of the pro-Biafra demonstrators as the Nigerian army had shot unarmed people protesting the detention of Nnamdi Kanu.
In February for instance, no fewer than 6 persons were reportedly killed, 30 injured and about 45 others arrested in Aba, Abia State when security agents, comprising of soldiers and policemen allegedly opened fire on members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who embarked on a peaceful protest to demand the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Meanwhile, Angela Rayner, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne in northwest England, has called on the U.K. government to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against Biafran independence protesters in Nigeria.
Speaking to Newsweek, Rayner said she had raised the issue with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) after receiving evidence from constituents alleging human rights abuses against Kanu— who is a dual U.K-Nigerian national—and pro-Biafra protesters in Nigeria.