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BRGIE Drags Nigerian Govt To AU Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Detention, Biafra Referendum

Biafra Republic Government In Exile, BRGIE, has petitioned the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, an organ of the African Union in Banjul, Gambia, over the continued detention by the Nigerian government of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB and the declaration of the Restoration of independence state of Biafra.

Jonathan Levy, a BRGIE attorney and international legal consultant, made this known in a statement he issued on Friday during an online international press briefing.

In the letter, BRGIE, headed by Simon Ekpa, requested that the Commission appoint a Special Rapporteur to address alleged economic and human rights abuses in the Southeastern region.

BRGIE demands rectification of the ongoing Biafra Self-Referendum to avoid the calamity that may befall Nigeria.

The Commission acknowledged the petition in a letter dated May 23, 2024, addressed to BRGIE by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the ACHPR) in Banjul, Gambia.

“The Commission is asked to take jurisdiction over the matter of Biafra on an urgent basis owing to the state of near armed conflict in the region; the BRGIE Sit at Home civil disobedience campaign and the continued unlawful detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and pro-Biafra supporters. The BRGIE also informed the Commission of the ongoing Biafra Referendum, due to conclude at the end of November 2024, which is expected to result in the declaration of the restoration of Biafra’s independence and the need for a swift governance transition.

“The BRGIE has advised the Commission and Nigeria that despite its best efforts to prevent civil strife and bloodshed, the legitimate rights of the Biafran people to self-determination shall no longer be thwarted by Nigeria’s security operatives.

Recall that BRGIE, in a statement on May 8, condemned the alleged attack on the Igga community in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by security operatives, where several persons were reported killed.

The statement followed a report by an online news platform alleging that a combined security operatives led by the Nigeria Police Force burnt down the community, killing some villagers.

According to the report, the attack followed the killing of two policemen and three members of the Enugu State Neighbourhood Watch Group by hoodlums in the area.

Reacting, BRGIE, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Prime Minister, Ekpa, described the development as an act of terrorism and human rights abuses.

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