Immediate younger brother of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, yesterday condemned the action of the Swiss Embassy in Nigeria in denying visa to his family members invited by the United Nations (UN) to the 116th Human Rights Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances in Geneva.
Kanu said in a press statement that the family members were invited by the UN as key witnesses of the mass murder committed by the security operatives when the family compound was invaded during the 2017 Operation Python Dance ll, but regretted that instead of granting visas to the invitees, the Swiss embassy in Abuja turned down their visa applications.
He wondered why the Swiss embassy would constitute itself an impediment to the family’s bid to get justice over the unprovoked invasion of the family house and disappearance of their beloved ones, including their father and traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku, HRM Eze Israel Kanu, and his wife, Lolo Sally Kanu.
He therefore accused the embassy of conspiracy and collusion with Abuja to frustrate the family’s efforts to get justice and help the Nigerian state escape punishment.
Kanu also declared that apart from Kanu’s family members, key IPOB members, who witnessed the genocide at Afaraukwu, were also denied visas.
He further noted that some Ambazonians fleeing persecutions in Cameroun were equally denied visa by the Swiss embassy, which he accused of colluding with oppressive administrations to suppress freedom fighters.
He said: “Some of our family members who were invited by this same United Nations could not understand why they should be denied visas.
“Some Ambazonians who fled Cameroun to Nigeria, who were also invited to the United Nations by this same working group were also denied visas.
“The reason for the invitation is to state categorically as eye witnesses to the United Nations on what happened on September 14, 2017, when the Nigerian Army illegally invaded the home of Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader.
“For the fact that your country houses the world body does not give you the right to deny victims and key eyewitness of torture and genocide visas even when the same world body invites them.”
The family therefore appealed to the UN as well as the United States and other human rights promoting nations to prevail on the Swiss Government to do the needful, saying it amounts to crime against humanity to deny justice to the innocent.