Group that Ordered Nnamdi Kanu’s Release not Affiliated to United Nations – Ayo Obe

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Human rights activist and former president of the Civil Liberties Organization, Ayo Obe says that the ‘United Nations Working Group’ that purportedly ordered the Nigerian government to release Nnamdi Kanu from detention is not in any way affiliated with the United Nations. The rights activist made the remarks while responding to questions during her guest appearance in the online interview programme 90MinutesAfrica hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo and Chido Onumah penultimate Sunday, NjenjeMediaNews reports.

Recently the ‘UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention” issued a statement indicting both the Nigerian and Kenyan governments for the arrest and extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu and ordered the Nigerian government to unconditional release him within six months.

However, Ayo Obe, who is also a lawyer while speaking during the interview, said the UN does not recognize the group that purportedly made the order.

“I have never heard of them. I don’t think they are officially affiliated with the United Nations. Frankly, if the UN is in that business, it is not Nigeria that they would have started with. You would have heard them saying such things before”, the human rights activist said.

Ayo Obe further said that if she were the defendant, she would face the case squarely rather than wasting time seeking bail. “In this case of Nnamdi Kanu, there is no issue of the judges being compromised, so I don’t understand why they are still faffing around with bail. If I were the defendant, I would have just gone for broke. Let them bring their case and let me take it on if there is really any case against me”.

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