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Counsel to Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indeginous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Bruce Fien, mentioned yesterday that the ongoing detention of the IPOB chief remained illegal, because it violated worldwide law.
Fien, having said that, reported he experienced gathered extra information from yesterday’s proceedings to be additional to his petition presently prior to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Speaking with Occur Information, Kanu’s expatriate counsel, who explained the 11th hour adjust of the rates favored against him, without having allowing for him to respond, was unconstitutional, also took a swipe at the final decision to bar journalists from the proceedings, stating it was a violation of their constitutional legal rights.
Condemning Kanu’s abduction from Kenya without the need of trial, he said, “There are irregularities in this article. I am coming from the United States, there is no way that authorities could adjust the demand at the 11th hour without having an option to answer to the new allegations.
“Before I arrived in Abuja, I traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, the place there is a operating team on arbitrary detention as component of the UN Human Legal rights Council, and primarily based upon what transpired today, I have additional details that I will current to them, seeking an adjudication that the detention of Nnamdi Kanu is illegal underneath international regulation.”
He further more mentioned that, “The Nigerian Structure also has cost-free speech provisions in part 39. I feel what transpired right now is a violation of area 39.”
On the final decision to bar journalists from covering the proceedings, he reported it was a breach of their constitutional legal rights.
“The media has a appropriate to notice. In addition, under global regulation and in the United States, there is a constitutional appropriate for journalists to show up at, because it results in a form of pressure placing a searchlight against corruption or intimidation and factors of that kind, not only just the press out there every single standard citizen has the correct as prolonged as there’s area to sit in a courtroom,” he claimed.
Reiterating his condemnation of Kanu’s abduction from Kenya by protection brokers without having demo, he explained the predicament was in opposition to worldwide regulation.
“That tends to make the detention unlawful, in element, apart from other violations, but definitely underneath any kind of because of procedure, it is absolutely illegal to kidnap another person get them without having any hearing.
“They said that they had acted in collusion with the Interpol, what they have not stated is that there was any hearing that enabled Nnamdi Kanu to dispute and you have to convey it right before a choose right before you are kidnapped not later on. The law is incredibly clear on that rating.
“He was not supplied any hearing right before they took him there, in fact four of the 7 counts that are now lodged from him. They weren’t even introduced right up until just after he had departed Kenya and was in Nigeria,” he stated.