Biafra: “Investigate and prosecute those who tortured me in Kenya and Nigeria.” ——Nnamdi Kanu

By Charles Opara

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has made five demands of Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, regarding his arrest and torture in Kenya.

Kanu was apprehended in an African country thought to be Kenya and will be repatriated in June 2021.

Nnamdi Kanu

This was due to his advocacy for Biafra’s restoration. He fled Nigeria in 2017 after being granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court.

However, the IPOB leader revealed that after his arrest in Kenya, he was tortured and subjected to inhumane treatment.

To that end, the IPOB leader urged Malami to investigate and prosecute all those involved in his torture, in accordance with the Anti-Torture Act of 2017.

Section 5 of the Anti-Torture Act states: “A person who has suffered or claims to have suffered torture shall have the right to complain to and have his case promptly and impartially examined by a competent authority.”

“The competent authority, as defined in subsection (1), shall take steps to protect the complainant from any ill-treatment or intimidation as a result of his complaint or any given evidence.”

“That the aforementioned prosecutorial action be instituted in accordance with Section 8 of the Anti-Torture Act, which states that ‘A person who actually participates in the infliction of torture or who is present during the commission of the act is liable as the principal.’

“A superior’s directive” subjected to physical harm, force, violence, threat, or intimidation, or any act that impairs his free will; and (b) fully adhere to the principles and standards on the absolute condemnation and prohibition of torture established by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution and various international instruments to which Nigeria is a State party.”