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Arrested Anglophone leaders at risk of unfair trial and torture if deported from Nigeria – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria, to immediately release the arrested leaders of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia or charge them to court as prescribed by Nigerian laws. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja today, by the Director of the Nigerian chapter of the human right body, Osai Ojigho.

“By holding these activists in secret, without charge, the Nigerian authorities are failing to respect both national and international law. If they are extradited to Cameroon, they risk an unfair trial before a military court and the deeply disturbing possibility of torture”

Efforts to tackle the Anglophone crisis should always respect the law, and avoid restricting freedom of expression. Authorities in Nigeria should immediately disclose the activists’ whereabouts, allow them access to a lawyer, and unless they have sufficient evidence to charge them with a recognizable crime, release them immediately” said Osai.

The President of the interim government of Ambazonia, Sissiku Ayuk-Tabe and eleven of his collaborators were on the 5th January, 2018, abducted by armed men in plain clothes. The unknown gun men, believed to be members of the Nigerian security, in connivance with Yaoundé, stormed Nera hotel in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, where the leaders were meeting, and abducted them without presenting a warrant or providing explanations for their supposed arrest.

President Sissiku Ayuk-Tabe and his team were meeting to discuss the influx of thousands of asylum seekers, following the post October 1st 2017 crackdown by the colonial forces of La Republique du Cameroun (LRC) that has seen the massacre of more than 400 Ambazonians, with thousands missing and imprisoned.

It is almost a week today since the criminal incident took place and the leaders are still being held incommunicado, without any access to a lawyer, in contravention of Nigerian law which requires that they be seen by a judge within 48 hours. According to Amnesty International, Human rights lawyers in Nigeria have confirmed an extradition request by the colonial government of LRC, but no details have been made public.

Amnesty International notes that; “All those arrested were legally living in Nigeria, and some had been granted political asylum. Under Nigerian law, it would be illegal to extradite the activists for political crimes, or if they faced the risk of torture or an unfair trial”.

“In Cameroon, those charged with crimes related to national security are prosecuted by military courts without respect for due process, and Amnesty International has documented a widespread pattern of torture by security forces and intelligence agencies” they added.

The warning from, and call by Amnesty international, comes to strengthen the many calls and warnings already issued by prominent human rights lawyers in Nigeria, and the African Bar Council. At this juncture, LRC and her proxies, who had sang hallelujah after the abduction of the leaders; and had even announced their eminent arrival in Yaoundé, should be leaking their wounds. There are increasingly bleak chances of them ever laying hands on their political preys – Sissiku Ayuk-Tabe and co.

In addition, Professor Godfrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s foreign minister, has said the leaders where neither arrested nor abducted. If so, then, it is high time Ambazonians forgot about worrying whether they will be extradited to LRC or not. Ambalanders must start asking questions on why Nigeria continue to keep them incommunicado. Is some mafia or dialogue under duress ongoing with colonial agents without the knowledge of people and other?

James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Malis

    January 13, 2018 at 1:19 AM

    The plans and actions of LRC failed and the Nigerian government is doing everything
    to neutralize things down.

    We Ambazonians as a people, nation stands together. That is our force and strength.
    Our leaders do not dictate to us their wishes or what ever, but we the people dictates
    to our leaders where the ship is moving to.

    With the current situation, there is no way that we are going to listen to our leaders
    when we don’t know what has been done to them, it’s not going to happen.
    The presidential council is now in charge and has already taken in to consideration this.

    We are not going to accept any negotiations or what so ever done in such a manner.

    Respect and power dose not come through being nice, We Ambazonians have been nice
    for 100 years and the world gave us only pity, no more. We will fight, die and kill
    to get the respect we deserve for this world give us no other way out.

    What ever happen in Nigeria, the struggle continues.

  2. George

    January 13, 2018 at 4:54 AM

    Any negotiations under duress are null and void. I encourage Ambazonians to write or call international institutions. Express your thoughts. Write to newspapers. Use Twitter and other ways of social networking.

  3. Fotoh Paul Ebong

    January 13, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    We know la Republic as a book. We know our leaders as well. Non of them will be intimidated by their capture and keeping them out of reach from the people.
    We will tell la republic any negotiations shall be transparent and with the UN and AU present.
    The struggle is that of the people and the leaders cannot decide anything against the people and survive.

    Let them go and negotiate behind the doors with Musonge, Achidi Achu, Atanganji Paul……

    No negotiation under duress shall be deemed valid.

  4. Bongajum Victor

    January 13, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    But no matter what, anything that happens to our leaders we are going to hold Nigerian government accountable for.
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  5. dzu

    January 14, 2018 at 1:26 AM

    “Amnesty International Ask Buhari To Immediately Release Abducted Leaders ”

    Or what ?

    Biya will live and go/die but cameroon will still be there –

    Let us not use the wickedness of the colonial system we were chained into to define our destiny as brothers and sister because we speak two differents colonial languages .

  6. Sunshine

    January 14, 2018 at 1:38 AM

    they will try to force our leaders to sign that they accept a federation. The people of Ambasonia do not want a federation with lrc. They will never and have never been part of lrc. lrc is a group that terrorizes Ambasonians with any opportunity they have. they have a culture of corruption and plunder. the lrc military is only trained to kill, maim and imprison Ambasonians. they have lost all credibility to ever negotiate with Ambasonians. Ambasonians have the will to fight and they will continue until biya’s thugs are out of Ambasonia.

    • Malis

      January 14, 2018 at 2:12 AM

      Thank you.

  7. Beatrice.dohnji

    January 14, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    They will Not succeed because this struggle is God ordain, biya and his Crime syndicate is a Long time terrorist the world is Knowing him now because We anglofones Ambazonia discovered our hidden history and decidea to break off from la republique du cameroun after 56 years of torture marginalization killings and rape.with the declaration and restoration of our independence on 1 october 2017,now we are moving forward to fortification of this restoration

  8. Molle

    January 14, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Military-political Cooperation between Cameroon and Nigeria is alive and well Nigeria will never be used again as support base for ambazosia terrorist.Move your worthless headquarter somewhere else not in Nigeria . live is coming back to normal in NW/SW region of Cameroon and school resumption ASAP

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