IPOB, the Indigenous People of Biafra, has claimed that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is being tortured in custody.
On Wednesday, March 23, IPOB spokesman Emma Powerful issued a statement stating that the Nigerian government, through the Department of State Services, has tortured and humiliated Kanu and refused to allow him to change clothing.
Powerful called on the United Nations, the United Nations, and Human Rights Watch to press the Nigerian government to release Kanu unconditionally.
The statement reads as follows: “Our global family, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), wishes to inform the entire world that our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is currently being tortured and humiliated by the Nigerian government at the Department of Security Services, DSS, headquarters in Abuja, where he is being held.
“We strongly condemn his torture and the DSS’s gross violation of his human rights. They have been visiting him since his abduction from Kenya on June 19, 2021. They have taken away his religious books and materials.
“They have never permitted him to change his clothes, despite the fact that the same dishonest government is making new garments for alleged repentant bandits and mass murderers.
“Since his rendition to Nigeria, our commander has been exposed to unspeakable abuse. Further revelations of what he has been through since then will astound the world.
“As a result, the international community, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and all diplomatic missions in Abuja, Nigeria, should press Nigeria to unconditionally release Kanu so that he does not die in captivity.”