INTERSOCIETY, a human rights group said the Radio Biafra director, Nnamdi Kanu’s detention has graduated from judicial detention to extra-judicial detention because he is no longer being detained on the orders of the named Magistrate Court upon the court’s harshly imposed bail conditions.
Rather, the group said, he is now being detained extra-judicially according to administrative and operational whims and caprices of the Department of State Service, DSS, since these administrative and operational whims and caprices lately deployed by the DSS are totally unknown to both the principles of the rule of law, constitutional democracy, the 1999 Constitution, local and international human rights and humanitarian norms.
In a press statement, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, jointly signed by Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, and Obianuju Igboeli Joy, Head, Civil Liberties and Rule of Law Programme, INTERSOCIETY contended that if the court had granted Kanu bail on October 19, the DSS ought to have completed its verification process by Thursday, October 22 and caused Citizen Kanu to be released in compliance with the order of the court.
“We wish to further inform authoritatively that upon meeting all draconian bail conditions leading to refusal by the DSS to release the detained Biafran self determination activist, the presiding Magistrate made an express Production Order on Friday, October 23, 2015, for the DSS to produce Citizen Nnamdi Kanu before his court same date and explain why it failed to release the detainee upon meeting the imposed bail conditions.
The Production Order was communicated to the DSS by the Court’s ambassador (bailiff) and the Magistrate’s orderly on October 23, 2015, but disappointedly, they were sent back by the DSS and the order was flagrantly and rapaciously disobeyed.
Group slams protesters
Meantime, a pressure group in Enugu, known as “Concerned Citizens of Enugu State,CCES,” has condemned the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra,IPOB,over the continued detention of their leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested in Lagos.
The group described the recent protest by the pro-Biafra group in Enugu as illegal, unaccep- table, anti-democratic and an adventure that was capable of undermining the unity of the country and the existing peace and tranquility in the state.