|Chris Kehinde Nwandu|
The fate of Nigerian blogger Chris Kehinde Nwandu hangs in the balance as his wife Mrs. Oghogho Nwandu has told the world that the blogger is now very sick at the Ikoyi prison due to the unhealthy and inhuman condition of the prison. His life is continuously under threat and harassment in prison.
The Youths for Human Rights Protection and Transparency Initiative (YARPTI) once again is calling on the government of Nigeria to release the Nigerian blogger. YARPTI is not happy with the fact that he is being held behind bars without bail over an alleged offence that is bailable. If it is true that he is being charged with “accomplice to defamation” because he reposted a story of alleged affairs and infidelity involving the MD of Fidelity Bank of Nigeria then why is he denied bail? He has appeared three times before the honorable Judge Muhammad Yunusa; each time he was denied bail without reasons.
YARPTI is aware that Nigeria is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees everyone the right to a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal and the right to be presumed innocent, under Article 14; the right to freedom of thought, under Article 18; and the right to freedom of expression, under Article 19.
We are aware that Nigerian blogger Chris Nwandu has stayed three weeks in jail and is very sick which may claim his life.We do hereby find that the Government of Nigeria stands in breach of its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, including by grossly violating the rights guaranteed under Articles 14, 18 and 19.
We are calling on non-governmental, human rights and religious organizations, together will all members of civil society worldwide to join us to speak out and take all necessary action to pressure the Government of Nigeria into ending its violation of the fundamental human rights of Mr Nwandu