OrderPaperToday – Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) has urged caution and strict adherence to the rule of law in the handling of the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu prosecution by the federal government.
Kanu is the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), an Igbo separatist group that has pursued a secession course that have been recently identified with targeted violence against symbols of state.
The Senator in a statement released by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom, in Abuja on Wednesday, advised the federal government to be guided by the provisions of Section 31 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
He also drew the attention of the Presidency to Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights as it detains and re-arraign Mazi Kanu in court for the continuation of his trial.
The relevant section and charter he said presupposes that the detainee should be humanely treated while in the custody of the state.
“What it means is that it is the duty of the government in this instance to protect him and ensure the respect of his fundamental human rights while his trial lasts. For now, it is trite law, that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty”, Abaribe said.
However, the Minority Leader called for calm saying that the recent events presents ample opportunity for dialogue and for the federal government to address the contending issues that seems to challenge the peace and unity of the country.
Recall that Kanu was arrested and brought back into the country to continue his trial for alleged treason against the state.
Recall also that Sen. Abaribe stood surety for Kanu when the latter was granted bail by the court in 2017.