By Fidel Ozugha
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has disclosed that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya. This puts a stop several speculations and theories ever since Kanu’s arrest concerning the actual place where he was arrested. IPOB’S Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, has confirmed that their leader was picked up from Kenya.
He said “news has reached Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s family that he has been unlawfully arrested in Kenya, detained and has subsequently been the subject of extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria where he is now detained.”
Powerful quoted Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Kingsley Kanu, aa saying, “My brother Nnamdi Kanu demands the right to self-determination for Biafra. Self-determination is the right to that underpins the United Nations. Because Biafrans support Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafran self-determination, my brother has now been subjected to the most serious violations of international law.”
He added that, “Whilst visiting Kenya, Nnamdi Kanu was detained and handed over to the Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria.
“My brother has been subject to extraordinary rendition by Kenya and Nigeria. They have violated the most basic principles of the rule of law. Extraordinary rendition is one of the most serious crimes states can commit.
”Both Nigeria and Kenya must be held to account. I demand justice for my brother, Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu holds both British and Nigerian citizenship. Nnamdi Kanu is Biafran, not Nigerian. He has rejected his Nigerian citizenship.
“The British High Commission in Nigeria must insist upon my brother’s immediate release. They must guarantee his safety and security. Nnamdi Kanu must be returned home to the UK to his wife and his sons who live here.
”The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, must make clear to the Nigerian authorities that they will not tolerate the unlawful detention of British citizens and that the UK Government condemns the Nigerians and Kenyans for undermining the rule of law. Foreign Secretary Raab must be clear. There will be consequences for those who resort to extraordinary rendition. The British Government must insist upon justice for Nnamdi Kanu,” he said.
IGBO-BRITISH LAWYERS CONDEMN THE ARREST, DETENTION, GIVE NIGERIA GOVT. 48-HOUR ULTIMATUM TO RELEASE AND RETURN NNAMDI KANU
Meanwhile, a coalition of Igbo-British lawyers has condemned the alleged illegal detention and subsequent handing over of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the Nigerian Government by the Kenyan Government.
In a press release made available to The NationGuardNews.com, the group disclosed that they were heading to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to rectify the injustice done as it is trite law that injustice to one is injustice to all.
”We are also by this medium informing the Nigerian Government that they have 48hrs to return Mazi Kanu to the United Kingdom and if he has any charges to answer to, they should, as a nation that is governed by the Constitution, pass through the legal means of filing an extradiction notice as failure to do so, we shall not hesitate to term this an a declaration of war on not only Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB but on all IGBOS generally, and this we shall vehemently resist with all apparatus of law available at our disposal.
The Igbo lawyers, in a statement issued and signed by Attorney E.R Okoroafor on the 30th of June, 2021 at his Glasgow residence in the United Kingdom, condemned the alleged illegal and archaic manner in which the Kenyan Government has acted in the detention of Mzi Kanu and subsequent handing him over to the Nigerian Government without any due process,
It is worthy of note to mention that Mazi Kanu entered Kenya with his British passport, and the Kenya Government was fully aware of his citizenship status but still went ahead to perpetrate their illegal act which did not only breach the personal human rights of IPOB leader but also undermine the sovereignty of the British Government
”While all this is been done the Nigerian government is also been warned that no bodily harm whatsoever must be done to the IPOB leader to avoid a total breakdown of law and other in the fast crumbling entity called Nigeria,” the release said in part.