The Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday hailed the United Nations for opposing the extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu and directing the Federal Government to release the IPOB leader unconditionally.
The UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had indicted both Nigeria and Kenya governments for the arrest and extraordinary rendition, torture and continued detention of Kanu, without due process.
The council directed the Nigerian government to immediately release Kanu unconditionally and pay him adequate compensation for the arbitrary violation of his fundamental human rights.
In a statement on Sunday through its spokesman, Emma Powerful, IPOB described the development as a “landmark victory” for Biafrans worldwide.
The group, however, said it hoped Nigeria, as a member of the United Nations, would take heed and promptly obey and implement the directive to the letter.
“We, the global and noble family of the IPOB under the supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, hereby commend Attorney Bruce Fein for the professional job in regards to the recently issued United Nations opinion, condemning the extraordinary rendition of our leader and directing the Federal Government of Nigeria to release him unconditionally and to compensate him.
“In the same vein, we commend all those who quietly laboured and assisted in achieving this landmark victory. It is indeed a great milestone for Kanu, the IPOB and Biafrans worldwide.
“We also express our profound gratitude to the United Nations and its Working Group for their courage in reaching this decision and issuing an opinion that comports with the tenets of international laws.
“It is our hope that Nigeria, as a member of the United Nations, will take heed and promptly obey and implement the UN directives to the letter. We caution that this is not a Nigerian court order that is often disobeyed without consequences,” the statement partly read.