The leader of Indeginous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has taken the Nigerian government to United Nations over what he sees as human right violation and atrocities committed against the Igbo people and in Nigeria.
Breaking this news on his social media page, Kanu informed his followers that he had just submitted a petition to the Special Rapporteur at the United Nations, Agnes Callamard.
According to him the aim of the letter is to ensure that human rights violations occurring across Nigeria will be acknowledged and confronted and perpetrators prosecuted.
“The materials submitted today to Agnes Callamard at UN were signed by me, as the leader of IPOB, as well as IPOB U.S. National Coordinator Dr. Clement Okoro, and 22 state coordinators from across the U.S”.
“The submission to the UN documents 12 incidents in which Biafrans were subject to severe human rights abuses, ranging from indiscriminate arrests to mass executions, carried out by Nigerian military, police & security forces.
Most notable amongst these atrocities is the killing by Nigerian military forces 150 Biafrans in May ’16. These innocent civilians were celebrating Biafran Remembrance Day and commemorating the approximately 2M Biafrans that lost their lives during the Nigerian Civil War.”
Kanu concluded by saying that the number of human rights abuses being committed against minorities and those with dissenting views in Nigeria, including members of the IPOB, over the past five years have increased dramatically both in scale and heinousness.
This petition is the latest dimension in Kanu long battle with the Nigerian government after he claimed he escaped an assassination attempt my men of Nigerian Armed Forces shortly before the proscription of IPOB as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government.