More particulars have emerged of how Nnamdi Kanu, chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was rearrested by the Nigerian authorities.
A supply aware of the unlawful abduction of the IPOB chief has revealed to SaharaReporters how Kanu was kidnapped in Kenya and dropped at Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, confirmed that Kanu had been rearrested.
At a joint press briefing with the State Security Service (SSS), also referred to as the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja, Malami stated Kanu was rearrested and returned to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27.
He didn’t, nonetheless, give particulars of the place Kanu was arrested and the diplomatic collaborations which will have been concerned within the operation.
According to him, the IPOB chief was arrested by way of “collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”.
Kanu, who’s being prosecuted on costs of treasonable felony, was thereafter arraigned on the Federal High Court in Abuja. It was his first courtroom look since he fled Nigeria in September 2017 after an invasion of his dwelling by the army in Afara-Ukwu, close to Umuahia in Abia State.
“Kanu had arrived in Kenya and settled down in a house. On June 19, 2021, he drove himself in a car to the international airport to meet a person arriving in the country for a high-level IPOB meeting.
“He drove into the underground car parking zone on the airport and was arrested earlier than exiting the automotive.
“He was taken to a house and brutalised for 8 days while the Nigerian authorities perfected how to forcefully relocate him to Nigeria
“He was travelling on a British passport, not a Nigerian passport as alleged by Malami. He was introduced into Nigeria on a Saturday and arraigned on Monday.
“Buhari upon learning of his abduction decided to cancel his trip to the UK to manage the diplomatic fallouts at home instead of going to London.
“Kanu was interrogated within the presence of his legal professionals within the DSS workplace in Abuja. The Nigerian authorities didn’t get his passport, laptop computer, and three main telephones.
“He was taken out of Kenya without passing through immigration.”
There have been studies that INTERPOL was concerned in Kanu’s arrest however the high dismissed that, saying “INTERPOL wasn’t involved”.
UK Newspaper, The Guardian, had reported that Kanu bought a Kenya visa which was to run out in June, and he had been round within the nation earlier than his sudden arrest and extradition.
“Evidence seen by the Guardian shows Kanu entered Kenya this year on his British passport on a visa expiring in June. His UK passport remains in Kenya. Kanu was not in possession of a Nigerian passport, his family said, and he has verbally renounced his Nigerian citizenship in broadcasts.
“The abduction of a person from a foreign country with the aim of rendition to justice is illegal under international law,” the UK newspaper report says.
SaharaReporters had on Wednesday reported that Kanu recounted his expertise in Kenya whereas talking along with his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, saying he was “mercilessly beaten and tortured” within the East African nation earlier than his extradition to Nigeria.
Ejiofor had confirmed the phrases of Kanu throughout an interview, including that Kanu instructed him how he was detained, not in any Kenya official detention centre however a non-public residence for about eight days, earlier than his extradition to Nigeria.
The lawyer had stated, “There was a clear collaboration between the Kenya government and the Nigerian government. I am happy that they now deny the fact that Kanu was arrested there.
“But by the time we finish with them at the International Criminal Court, they will never remain the same. He was arrested at the airport there, and he was taken to an unknown residence. He was subjected to inhuman treatment.
“Kanu was tortured, maltreated, and mercilessly beaten, as confirmed by him to us. After spending eight days in their illegal custody, they now beckoned to the Nigerian government. Kanu was lifeless and unconscious by the time they were bringing him to Nigeria.
“To tell you the level of their conspiracy and the desperation to get him, they brought him here on a Sunday and the federal government is fully aware that I am his legal counsel.
“He was brought into the country and inflicted with several injuries and he is having many medical issues today. It was at the behest of the Federal government that Kenya was doing those things. This is against all international laws. We are going to address an international court at that level.”
The Kenyan authorities had denied that that they had something to do with the arrest and extradition of Kanu to Nigeria.