Abia State government has said that it is actively monitoring Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s predicament now in the custody of Department of State Security (DSS), saying that it is making contacts with the relevant authorities to ensure that his (Nnamdi Kanu’s) fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution are not violated.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), was reported intercepted in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria by the country security. He was arraigned in a Federal High, Abuja on June 28, 2021.
A statement from the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu informed that the government is also in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and has been receiving regular updates through them on the situation.
Full text of the statement reads: “Abia State Government is actively monitoring the situation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is an indigene of the state and is currently under trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja, with a view to ensuring that his fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic, are respected.
“We remain in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation. The Abia State Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We therefore wish to call on all citizens and visitors to continue to be law abiding and avoid any act that might lead to a break down of law and order.
“While Government will not compel anyone wishing to sit at home for any reason whatsoever not to do so, as citizens have freedom of movement under the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we wish to strongly advice that nobody should also compel or enforce any sit at home order from any non state actor as doing so does not serve any known interests of the people of the state.
“Furthermore, compelling our children to stay away from school can only serve the interests of the yet to be properly identified persons who may not want to see us make progress as a people.
“Similarly, our traders sitting at home at a time they need to work very hard to sustain their families and create wealth especially in this era of COVID-19 impacted global economy will obviously not serve any development interest of our hardworking citizens.
“All law abiding citizens and visitors are therefore called upon to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation as adequate security has been provided to ensure their safety. Parents and guardians are also called upon to ensure that they monitor the activities of their children and wards with a view to ensuring that they do not engage in unlawful activities that will put them in harm’s way”.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
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