Detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has narrated how he was arrested and extradited back to the country.
Mr Kanu, according to Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), was brought back to Nigeria on Sunday and was re-arraigned on Tuesday in continuation of his trials on charges of treasonable felony.
Speculations began as to which country helped in extraditing the IPOB leader who is also a British citizen. His younger brother, Emmanuel, said he was arrested in Kenya, a claim now confirmed by the secessionist leader when he met with his lawyers on Friday, despite the denial of the Kenyan government feigning ignorance of his arrest and extradition.
He is represented by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel of the defendant who was allowed to meet his clients held at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS).
In a statement on what transpired during the meeting, Mr Ejiofor said his client was detained in Kenya for eight days and handed over to the Nigerian authorities who then flew him back to the country to face his ongoing trial.
Below is a statement from the lawyer after the meeting.
Update on meeting with MNK today, 2nd July 2021:
My Client – Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was actually abducted by the accursed Kenya’s Special Police Force on the 18th of June 2021 at their International Airport, and consequently taken to an undisclosed residence under dehumanizing conditions.
He was tortured and subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment which worsened his health condition. *He was illegally detained for eight (8) good DAYS in Kenya* before being transfered to their Nigerian counterpart.
He was purportedly investigated on a bogus charge while in their custody, ostensibly, awaiting to be handed over after their findings proved him innocent of all the spurious allegations. They later beckoned on their Nigerian Counterpart to take over.
Kenyan Government was deeply involved in the abduction, detention and ill-treatment of my Client before the illegal handover to their Nigerian counterpart.
A scan of his heart showed that the heart has enlarged by 13% due to the dehumanizing treatment meted to him. There will be need for immediate proper medical examination and attention for him.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu conveyed his goodwill message to all IPOB family members worldwide, and craved for your unrelentless prayers.
We are going back to the Court for the needful. Other details cannot be entertained here.
His fortified legal team will address these infractions at the proper forum as we progress. Other details on our legal strategy, may not be made public.
With Chukwuokike Abiama on our side, Victory is assured. For if God Almighty be for us, who can be against us?