The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has written to the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Catriona Laing, asking that the British authorities file a Diplomatic Note with Nigeria’s Federal High Court indicating Britain’s sovereign curiosity in his trial as a British citizen.
Kanu, within the letter completely obtained SaharaReporters and written by his authorized counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, on Thursday, mentioned the British authorities should declare that he’s not a felony however “a person who possesses a political opinion which the Nigerian authorities are seeking to suppress using punishment of some sort.”
The IPOB chief was arrested and detained since Sunday with the Department of State Services in Abuja and had been taken to court docket in chains and handcuffs whereas his trial was adjourned to July 26.
In a replica of the letter to the UK High Commissioner, made out there to SaharaReporters on Thursday night time, Ejimakor reiterated that Kanu, being a British citizen, didn’t journey with a Nigerian passport to Kenya the place he was kidnapped.
Ejimakor, within the letter titled, “Re: Urgent Request for Consular Assistance to OKWU-KANU, Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Kenny (a British Citizen)”, established authorized, political and diplomatic causes to defend the pro-Biafra secessionist Leader.
He additionally established that there was no extant order of extradition by any British court docket that was formally processed to deport Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria. He, subsequently, requested the British Government to demand the discharge of Kanu urgently.
The letter reads, “We are solicitors to the above-named British citizen, on whose behalf and Instruction we write this letter to request urgent Consular assistance to him. Mr. Okwu-Kanu (aka Nnamdi Kanu) is the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, both of which are corporate citizens of the United Kingdom.
“Mr. Kanu resides within the United Kingdom, from which soil he departed on an abroad journey on or about June 19, 2021, on a British Passport No: 556543086 (copy of biographic web page connected herewith).
“We are reliably informed that while he was on said overseas travel, he was intercepted in Kenya by Nigeria’s foreign security agents and brought to Nigeria against his will on or about June 27, 2021, and ‘arraigned’ before the Federal High Court in Abuja without the benefit of Counsel on June 29, 2031. Currently, he is being detained in the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) custody in Abuja.
“Your Excellency, allow us to level to some authorized, political and diplomatic points which have been implicated on this matter. They are;
“Mr Kanu is a British citizen travelling on a valid British passport when he was seized in a third country and forcibly brought to Nigeria. Such an act constitutes an unlawful rendition of a bonafide British citizen.
“He was not travelling on Nigerian passport or the passport of another nation, together with that of Kenya. There is not any extant Order of extradition by any British Court or another international Court (together with Kenya) and we’re knowledgeable that no pending extradition proceedings are standing towards him in Britain or Kenya.
“There is no deportation Order by any Kenyan Court or other authority that made him subject to deportation. But if there was, the country of his deportation should have been Britain on which passport he was travelling. Deporting him to Nigeria just because he was born in Nigeria, but not travelling on her passport, is unlawful under international law.
“The enterprise upon which Mr Kanu is engaged, which is: looking for the restoration of the defunct State of Biafra by a referendum is a protected political opinion (i.e. self-determination) below British and Nigerian Laws, the place it’s enacted at CAP A9, Article 20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“In our view, the manner of his interception and forcible deportation to Nigeria is extra-legal and does not comport with the pertinent international laws and treaties to which Nigeria is subject.”
Ejimakor additionally requested the British authorities to view Kanu as a political prisoner entitled to a set of political views and never a felony.
“Based on the foregoing, we hereby make the following Prayers; That Mr Kanu be granted every possible Consular assistance to which he is entitled as a British citizen; that Mr Kanu be categorized as a high profile political prisoner or a prisoner of conscience and be thus rendered the highest diplomatic protection under municipal and international laws.
“That the Nigerian authorities be prevailed upon to right away permit entry to Mr Kanu by his Lawyers, Doctors and Family members.
“That the Nigerian authorities be prevailed upon to immediately avail Mr Kanu the opportunity of being taken to any hospital of his choice for medical examination.
“That the British authorities file a Diplomatic Note or different authorized processes with Nigeria’s Federal High Court and the Office of the Attorney General of Nigeria indicating her sovereign curiosity in Mr Kanu’s matter.
“That the British authorities declare that Mr Kanu is not a criminal but a person who possesses a political opinion the Nigerian authorities seek to suppress using punishment of some sort.
“That the British authorities urgently demand the unconditional launch of Mr Kanu from detention. While we await your pressing and most beneficial concerns of our Prayers, please be assured of our highest esteem for Your Excellency, the High Commission and the British Government,” the letter added.
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