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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Abaribe Calls for Respect of the Rule of Law in the Trial of Nnamdi Kanu

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has urged caution and strict adherence to the rule of law in the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government.

The Senator in a statement released by his Media Adviser, Uchenna Awom in Abuja on Wednesday, also 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 and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights as it detains and re-arraigns 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.

The self acclaimed leader of the Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was recently repatriated back to Nigeria in circumstances that are yet to be fully explained by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to continue his trial which was suspended after he jumped bail and left the shores of Nigeria.

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