In the recent court hearing of the Leader of the indigenous people of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, The group made the following demands from Abubakar Malami who happens to be the Attorney General of the Federation.
Recall that having been granted bail in the year 2017 by justice Binta Nyako of the Federal high court in Abuja of which he fled the country afterwards, namdi Kanu was arrested yet again the Eastern country of Kenya back in the month of June in the year 2021 over allegations of his over his agitation for the restoration of Biafra which has now been deemed a terrorist group.
I’m his recent court hearing, the IPOB leader through his legal team disclosed that he was tortured and subjected to inhumane treatment after his arrest in Kenya.
in the aftermath of his court hearing, the legal team of the IPOB leader urged the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute
all those involved in his torture, in line with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act of 2017.
Making this known via a letter, which reads “In view of the forgoing, we hereby make the following Prayers: That, consistent with the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017, the office of the Attorney-General take prompt measures to initiate the prosecution of all persons that were directly or indirectly culpable in the torture of our Client. For your ease of referenceence, Section 5 of the Anti Torture Act provides that: “A person who has suffered or alleges that he has been subjected to torture shall have the right to complain to and to have his case promptly and impartially examined by a competent authority.
“The competent authority under subsection (1) shall take steps to
ensure that the complainant is protected against all ill-treatment or
intimidation as a consequence of his complaint or any given evidence.
“That the said prosecutorial action be levied, in line with Section 8 of
the Anti Torture Act, which provides 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.’
“An order from a superior officer or from a superior in the office or
public authority shall not be invoked as a justification for torture.
“The immediate commanding officer of the unit concerned of the
security or law enforcement agencies is held liable as an accessory to the crime for any act or omission or negligence on his part that may have led to the commission of torture by his subordinates.
“In conclusion, we call your attention to the provisions of Section 1 of
the Anti Torture Act, which states that ‘The Government shall—(a)
ensure that the rights of all persons, including suspects, detainees and prisoners are respected at all times and that no person placed under
investigation or held in the custody of any person in authority shall be 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 set by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and various
international instruments to which Nigeria is a State party’”.