Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer to the detained chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has demanded why the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), needs to comply with due course of within the extradition of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, however prevented identical in Kanu’s matter.
Ejimakor famous that the AGF’s workplace shunned authorized procedures to rapidly carry the IPOB chief from Kenya to Nigeria however now insisted that the arrest warrant issued towards suspended DCP Kyari by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation would comply with due course of.
The lawyer acknowledged these in an interview with Punch, whereas reacting to an announcement by Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, who stated although the FBI was but to formally write the AGF Office looking for the switch of Kyari, all the things can be completed according to the rule of legislation.
Kyari, the suspended former Head of the police Intelligence Response Team, is below investigation for indicted involvement in a $1.1million web fraud allegedly dedicated by Abbas Ramon, popularly referred to as Hushpuppi, and 4 others.
Ejimakor stated, “I do not want to compare apples with oranges but what I can say is the difficulty through which the US is seeking for the transfer of Abba Kyari to the US is illustrative of what Nigeria should have done in the case of Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu probably would have been transferred by Kenya if extradition proceedings were commenced against him.
“What America is accusing Abba Kyari to have committed is clearly extraditable under the Nigerian laws and the law of the United States because the offences relate to money laundering, bribery, corruption and all that.
“I am not arranging judgment over Abba Kyari whether he committed it or not but the lesson everybody needs to learn, whether anybody is playing the tribal card or not, is: why would somebody believes that Abba Kyari deserves due process and the same person turns around and jubilate after the unlawful transfer otherwise known as extraordinary rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and also seeks to jubilate over the attempted unlawful transfer of (Sunday) Igboho from Benin Republic?
“This type of thing goes to indicate the deep fault lines in Nigeria. Somebody from a part of the country thinks it is okay to grab someone from another country without due process and bring him to Nigeria to answer offences of political character but it is okay for another country to submit itself to seeking due process in the transfer of a citizen of Nigeria to the United States. It is a very deep contradiction.”
Recall that Malami at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021 had introduced that the IPOB chief was arrested in another country and extradited to Nigeria.
Upon his re-arrest and extradition in June 2021, he was re-arraigned earlier than Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related prices and has since been remanded within the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja.
Kanu’s trial has been adjourned until October 21, 2021.