March 10 2023 | Radio Biafra
According to Alex Kozinski in his journal on solitary confinement titled “Worse than death.” Legal practitioners and activists for decades have questioned the constitutionality of our criminal justice system and its most severe punishments. They have tried to know and question the legality, is lethal injection okay or not? What about the arm firing squad? How about life sentences for pirates or drug possessors or people who pass rubber checks?
We hear remarkably little about what may be the most severe punishment of all in solitary confinement. Lurking in the shadows of the conversation about inhumane punishments are some hundred thousand (100,000) souls who spend twenty-three (23) hours a day alone in a cell that is equivalent to the size of a parking space.
Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment in which the inmate lives in a single cell with little or no meaningful contact with other people outside. A prison may enforce stricter measures to control contraband on a solitary prisoner and use additional security equipment in comparison to the general population.
The above is a exactly what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is facing in Nigeria after being illegally renditioned from Kenya to Nigeria by the Nigerian authority over eighteen (18) months now in captivity. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is being held in dark room with no access to light and reading materials, no form of interaction with fellow or other inmates, no available means to know what date and time is etc.
The question is what really happens in solitary confinement?
Inmates in solitary confinement typically live in a small cell for up to twenty-three (23) hours a day. They have no sensory stimulation, like sunlight. Access to reading materials, educational programming and personal property is limited or non-existent. This amounts to mental, psychological and emotional torture. A prisoner of conscience as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is, he is being kept in such a situation that’s targeted at breaking him and rendering him psychologically weak so that even if he ever comes out alive, a fragile mad man will be more sound than he is.
One of the most remarkable effects of chronic social isolation, as in the extreme case of solitary confinement, is the decrease in the size of the hippocampus, the brain region related to learning, memory, and spatial awareness.
This treatment against someone that has committed no crime according to Nigeria laws and as being interpreted by the Nigeria appeal court justices and many other judges of their appellate courts who has entertained the case and buttress thus: “that it is most inhumane and violates all known laws both locally and internationally holding a person in solitary confinement” who has committed no offense.
It is high time the Nigeria government and the rest of international community understand that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of over seventy (70) million people who are domiciled in all parts of the world and that there is a limit to the patience and civility of the people led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
So far so good, IPOB against all odds irrespective of the provocations from the Nigeria government has pursued the case of the IPOB leader in a legal and civil manners and has made their arguments clear and defended their leader through their legal representatives and God bear us witness it is on record that we won the case on a clean slate. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was found and declared innocent of all charges yet he is being detained and not just detained but put up in a solitary confined like a common criminal.
International community should speak up now or remain silence when the Indigenous People of Biafra will engage Nigeria in a brutish manner they are looking for all the while, Nigerians who love peace should speak up now or remain silence forever. All true Igbo leaders must speak up now or continue to dine with the enemy of their people just for the sake of crumbs.
For the days of peace may not endure longer anymore; something acidic and more terrible than earthquake may be fast approaching if those who could do something peacefully keeps on enjoying muteness.
Free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu now!
Source: The Biafra Post
For: Radio Biafra Media