Why Germany should not extradite Ekweremadu’s attackers: HURIWA

Posted by News Express | 25 August 2019 | 6,006 times

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•German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Fearing that “the current totalitarian administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would subject them to torture and dehumanising conditions under indefinite detention in the underground cells of the department of State Services (DSS)”, a leading pro-democracy and Non-Governmental Organisation body, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has advised the Government of Germany not to extradite the alleged attackers of erstwhile Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu to Nigerian soil.

HURIWA in a statement on Friday in Abuja said that “any attempt by the German Government to capitulate to the not-so-well-thought-out demand by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to repatriate the alleged members of the non-violent self-determination pro-Biafra group – the Indigenous peoples of Ibarra (IPOB) – back to Nigeria to face uncertainty, would amount to the breach of international human rights laws which absolutely prohibit the extradition of persons to places whereby they may either face the death penalty or be subjected to horrendous cocktails of physical, emotional and psychological torture.”

The rights group also stated that “the Government of Germany needs to be reminded that the Nigerian President treats courts’ decisions with disdain, which means that he will inevitably subject those citizens to extralegal punishments.”

HURIWA said it would be writing to the Chancellor of Germany, Mrs. Angela Merkel, “to oppose any contemplated extradition of the suspected attackers of the former Nigerian Deputy Senate President who was humiliated by members of IPOB out of a new yam festival in Nuremberg Germany few days back.”

Said HURIWA in the statement  signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf: “We are shocked to read that the  alleged attackers of the former deputy senate president, Dr Ike Ekweremadu have been identified by Bavaria state police in Germany going by the hints from an official of the foreign affairs ministry in Abuja who also said that the Bavaria state police have analyzed the attack videos and identified four of the suspected attackers and went ahead to disclose that he cannot reveal their identities for now because the German authorities are now co-operating with us and investigating the attack.”


Source: News Express

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