…seeks US government intervention.
The representative of District 139 in the Texas House of Representatives, Jarvis Johnson, has called on the Federal Government to immediately release the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement released Monday, Johnson accused the regime’s president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), of engaging in “genocide and crimes against Biafrans.”
He called on the US government to force the Nigerian government to immediately release the “top freedom fighter”.
“Mazi Kanu is the leading freedom fighter for the rights of the oppressed in Nigeria. For more than 19 months, after he was kidnapped in Kenya, tortured and smuggled to Nigeria, she has been in solitary confinement. In July 2022, a United Nations Working Group, following its deliberations on this matter, called for his unconditional release.
“The Nigerian government has not delivered. On October 22, several Nigerian trial and appellate courts acquitted him and cleared him of all trumped-up charges brought against him by the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government has refused to obey the orders of its own courts, and Kanu remains in solitary confinement imposed by its Secret Police (FG).
“The Nigerian secret police have ignored Kanu’s health conditions. He has been denied access to his doctors and a regular supply of her medication. Her health has deteriorated more and more and it is now feared that she may die in solitary confinement.
“Kanu’s only offense is that he is the leading advocate for freedom for all oppressed Nigerians and for a referendum on the Biafra issue. The right to freedom of expression, including political advocacy, is the cornerstone of all democracies. At a time when democracy is threatened globally, it is imperative that we all come together to protect Kanu’s right to freedom of expression. Kanu’s illegal kidnapping, torture and solitary confinement offend our democratic standards. The same is true of the Nigerian government’s willful disobedience of its own court rulings.
“I demand the immediate release of Kanu. The Nigerian government must comply with the UN mandate and the orders of its own courts. The Nigerian government is carrying out another form of genocide, one citizen at a time. I call on the US government to get involved to stop this genocide. We have protected other countries around the world to help vulnerable populations; we must do the same for Nigeria and its Biafran citizens,” Johnson said.
The PUNCH reports that Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services since June 2021 when he was re-arrested in Kenya and returned to Nigeria by the Nigerian government to continue his trial on felony treason and terrorism charges brought against him. against by the government. .
In October 2022, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal in its unanimous decision ruled that the surrender of Kanu from Kenya was unlawful.
The court had also previously acquitted and cleared Kanu of all charges against him.