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Court to decide Kanu’s fate – Buhari

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(L-R) Kanu, Johnson, Buhari

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has called on South-East leaders to allow ongoing court process, bordering on charges against the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the country take its full course.

  Buhari stated this during a meeting with South-East leaders, including leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in New Government House, Abakaliki, today.

  According to him, the position is predicated on the ground that the determination of the court on the matter was necessary.

  The parley was held as parts of activities to bring President Buhari’s two-day working visit to Ebonyi State to an end.

  It will be recalled that leaders of South East have pleaded with President Buhari to release Kanu.

  Rising from a meeting, today, Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in South East, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, made the plea on behalf of the South East.

  Meanwhile, United Kingdom has categorised Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist group and said its members deserve no protection under its asylum and humanitarian policies.

  The designation was contained in UK’s latest update on separatist groups published this week

  According to UK authorities, IPOB’s documented history of violence informed the decision, but did not emphasise the government’s violence that has been described as disproportionate by rights groups like Amnesty International.

  “IPOB is proscribed as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government, and members of the group and its paramilitary wing – the Eastern Security Network (created in December 2020) – have reportedly committed human rights violations in Nigeria (see Indigenous People of ‘Biafra’ (IPOB) and various media articles in Activities and Clashes between state and IPOB. If a person has been involved with IPOB (and/or an affiliated group), MASSOB or any other ‘Biafran’ group that incites or uses violence to achieve its aims, decision makers must consider whether one (or more) of the exclusion clauses under the Refugee Convention is applicable.

  Persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum. 2.2.4 If the person is excluded from the Refugee Convention, they will also be excluded from a grant of humanitarian protection,” the report reads in part.

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