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Human Rights Group slams detention of Kanu, release of disgraced Cop Kyari



The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the apparent discrimination against the Igbo people in Nigeria’s political power equation, judiciary, and government.

This comes after a Federal High Court in Abuja refused to grant bail to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), while simultaneously releasing disgraced Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari, who was arrested for allegedly aiding cocaine and heroin trafficking.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, expressed outrage at the court’s decision, stating:

“We have reached the most basic and logical conclusion that since the administration of Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 up until this administration of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Igbo speaking people are being systematically and organically schemed out of the political power equation and are also being discriminated against by all arms of government including the judiciary which has failed to free Nnamdi Kanu who did absolutely nothing against the Nigerian state but the same court has freed Abba Kyari, the discredited Deputy police commissioner arrested by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency for allegedly aiding and actively abetting cocaine, heroin trafficking into Nigeria.”

Onwubiko lamented that while Nnamdi Kanu remains detained, Abba Kyari was granted temporary bail to bury his mother, despite being accused of serious crimes damaging to national security. He emphasized that peaceful advocacy for self-determination is recognized under international laws, including the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

HURIWA demands the immediate and unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu and hundreds of his followers, citing the apparent discrimination against the Igbo people as a violation of Section 42(1) of the 1999 Constitution. The group condemned the court’s decision as “a Broadway robbery of Peter to pay Paul” and urged the judiciary to address the systemic discrimination against the Igbo people.

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“We demand the immediate, unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu and hundreds of his followers because peaceful and lawful advocacy for self-determination is recognised under international laws of Covenant on civil and political rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” HURIWA said.

This development highlights the ongoing controversy surrounding Nnamdi Kanu’s detention and the perceived bias in Nigeria’s justice system. As the case continues, many are watching with keen interest to see how it will unfold and what other developments will emerge.

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