Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Biafra Protests: Group foresees slide to tyranny

16 November 2015, 18:07

Abuja - A pro-Igbo group has bemoaned the extra-judicial detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the advocate for restoration of the nation of Biafra and its independence from Nigeria.

The group called Igbo Ekunie Initiative (IEI), consisting of locals and and colleagues in the Diaspora said it was alarmed at detention despite the country being a constitutional democracy.

“(We) are constrained to intervene once again and warn of the dangerous slide to dictatorship, tyranny and human rights violations which the continuing extra-judicial detention of Nnamdi Kanu by the DSS and Buhari administration portends,” said IEI President, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke.

The Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Kanu on October 7.

Also read: Organisation to approach ICC on Biafra violations

According his to his lawyer, Vincent Obetta, he has met his bail condition. His lawyer has described his continued detention despite meeting the bail conditions "a clash between judiciary and executive."
The detention has sparked protests in some parts of the country while there have been reports the army had shot at protesters.

“It should be noted, that the crude resort to harassment, killing of unarmed protesters and the illegal detention of citizens in violation of court orders constitutes an assault on our democracy and betrays the sacrifices made by the many who lost their lives in the struggle to return Nigeria to constitutional democracy based on the rule of law,” said Ezeoke.

He said it was incriminating and self-defeatist for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, whose main campaign message/manifesto was anchored on the promise of bringing positive change in all facets of national life.

“Extra-judicial detentions, harassment and other human rights violations cannot in the least represent change, for those belong to the sordid and harrowing past the nation struggled to escape from by opting and struggling for constitutional democracy.”

He said IEI could not understand the rationale behind a country that was willing to negotiate with a terror group (Boko Haram) on the one hand, while shooting and killing peaceful protesters with live ammunition on the other hand.

“We thus demand that the government respect the rule of law and accordingly uphold the fundamental rights of all citizens. In that regards, we restate our call for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu and all other detained activists and to put a stop to the killing of unarmed activists and pro-Biafran protesters.”

- CAJ News


Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...