Nigeria and Kenya have been cleared of wrongdoing by the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in the re-arrest and repatriation of Nigerian secessionist Nnamdi Kanu.
It also cleared Kenya of any rights violations in the arrest and repatriation to Nigeria of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a Biafran separatist and Igbo nationalist organization in Nigeria.
According to a statement dated July 7 and released on July 13, the IHRC examined 25 petitions on the Kanu saga, most of them from Nigerians, which called for an independent investigation into human rights violations and possible breaches of established international and regional diplomatic protocols.
“The IHRC is committed to safeguarding the rights of citizens worldwide in line with the organization’s core mandate,” the Geneva-based agency noted.
There were no violations
According to the IHRC, Kanu’s human rights were not violated in the events leading up to his re-arrest and repatriation to Nigeria.
According to the statement, “the commission is unable to establish any human rights violation by the special police forces in Kenya against Nnamdi Kanu.”
The commission believes that the Kenyan government played no official role in the events leading to Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest. In keeping with Nigerian laws and human rights, the commission expects the government to follow up on the trial of Nnamdi Kanu.
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The statement was signed by both the Special Envoy for Africa, Evans M. Mutavi, and the international president for Kenya.
The commission agreed to monitor Kanu’s trial to ensure his rights are not violated by the Nigerian government.