The wife of Radio Biafra Director Nnamdi Kanu has expressed concern over the prolonged detention of her husband, who she says “is a prisoner of conscience”.
Uchechi Okwu-Kanu told IBTimes UK she fears for her husband’s well-being and alleged he is being tortured by the Nigerian state security service (DSS).
Okwu-Kanu said she had been able to speak with Kanu only once since he was arrested by the DSS as he travelled to Nigeria from London in October. She warned her husband’s health is worsening as he is no longer able to take medicine for “his life-threatening ulcer”.
Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob). Ipob and other pro-Biafran groups call for the independence of territories that constituted the Biafran Republic, established in 1967 and reannexed to Nigeria in 1970, following a civil war that claimed over three million lives.
The Radio Biafra director was apprehended on charges of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. He pleaded not guilty.
Okwu-Kanu defended her husband’s struggle for independence and argued pro-Biafrans have the right to self-determination. She also urged the Nigerian government to release her husband and engage in dialogue rather than arresting people “who agitate for freedom”.
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