The British government has a hand in the alleged ‘abduction’ of leader of The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu in Nairobi, Kenya his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has alleged.
Mr Ejiofor made the accusation on Wednesday while speaking on Arise TV Morning Show.
He also accused the British Government and the British High Commission of not doing much to help Kanu despite being a British citizen.
Ejiofor wondered why the Commission has not visited Kanu since he was brought to Nigeria.
He noted that unlike Kanu’s 2015 arrest when the Commission was regularly visiting him while in detention, the British Commission is paying lip service to helping him this time around.
He said: “I can confirm to you that British high commission is not doing much about this case. I can confirm to you that there is every likely hood of connivance in what happened to my client.
“Because some times in 2015 when my client was arrested I know how they were keeping in constant communication with him and visiting him regularly both when he was in DSS custody and when he was transfered to prison.
“But as at yesterday a British national was arrested and till date they have not visited him even when we have officially notified them of the situation.
“As at the time he was arrested, he was arrested as a British national because he had renounced his Nigerian citizenship over 5 years ago. And they are still talking about offering him consular services”, he said
Ejiofor cautioned the media to stop describing the ordeal of his client in Kenya as an arrest arguing that it was a clear case of abduction, illegal imprisonment,torture and extraordinary rendition.
He said the manner he was taken and the manner Yoruba Activist, Sunday Igboho was arrested were completely different.
“At the time he was arrested, his associates in Nairobi started looking for him. They searched in all the Police stations and other law enforcement agencies and he was nowhere to be found.
“In the case of Sunday Igboho, he was arresteded in Benin Republic and taken to custody and is being subjected to trial. His arrest was announced but in the case of my client he was detained in an illegal facility for 8 days after which he was renditioned back to Nigeria,”he said
Simon Ekpa, one of the disciples of Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has declared that the struggle for the actualization of Biafra is in its “dangerous phase”.
Ekpa was appointed by Nnamd Kanu to replace him in their media unit but was recently ousted from broadcasting on Radio Biafra by the leadership of IPOB that accused him (Ekpa) of not following their leaders rules of engagement. He made the declaration on Wednesday via a post on his official Facebook page.
Simon Ekpa, a Finnish who has been silent for a while after his encounter with members of IPOB that obviously see him as an outsider in their folk said he is set to change the narrative of the current struggle.
The post reads, “The Biafra struggle has entered the AUTOPILOT phase, a very dangerous phase that we have no control of what happens. To your tent oh Israel.
“I am Simon Ekpa, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s disciple on Biafra restoration. Changing the narrative of Yesterday.”
JOURNALIST101 recalls that Kanu, who is facing the trial of treason felony, was scheduled to appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday but could not be produced by the Federal Government due to alleged logistic reasons.
This development triggered backlash from some concerned Nigerians who accused the Federal Government of deliberately postponing the trial to keep Kanu in detention while others alleged that the government has no case against the Biafran agitator. (Journalist101)
Nnamdi Kanu and Abubakar Malami (SAN) Former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, says the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), acted like an “unlearned” fellow during the recent extradition of leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The diplomat, who spoke while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable, also advised the Federal Government to stop the use of force on agitators and explore amicable resolutions.
Kanu, who was born on September 25, 1967, is a holder of Nigerian and British passports. Upon his re-arrest and extradition from a foreign country of recent, he was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja for terrorism-related charges and has since been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services. He had jumped bail before fleeing to the United Kingdom.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the British Government expressed readiness to provide “consular assistance” for Kanu but needed him to assent to the assistance by signing some forms.
But a member of Kanu’s legal team, Aloy Ejimakor, who took the forms to Kanu in DSS custody, said the secret police stopped Kanu from signing the consular assistance forms by the United Kingdom.
The development sparked reactions as to the legality and otherwise of the Nigerian government to bar Kanu from seeking consular assistance from the UK.
Asked if he foresees a diplomatic dispute between Nigeria and the UK if the former fails to explain how Kanu was brought back into the country, the ex-NIIA DG Akinterinwa said, “Yes, it is not a question for foresee, it is already there; the foundation for the diplomatic row is already laid because if you want to follow the thinking of a French school of thought which says order and counter-order amounts to disorder, I agree with this thinking.
“What we have already, we have the order on the part of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has decided to attack, in an unfriendly manner, the sovereignty of the British people and in this case, the British Government is responding by saying you Government of Nigeria, you don’t have the right to attack my own sovereignty.
“In other words, the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s order is now being countered order by the British simply because the subject matter, Nnamdi Kanu, is a citizen of the United Kingdom.
“The problem is not as simple as people would have us believe. It is most unfortunate that the very knowledgeable lawyers, who are said to be learned, the Attorney General of the Federation, Malami himself is said to be learned but the problem I always have is when you are learned and we cannot see the outcome of the extent to which one is learned for political reasons.
“You cannot be a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and claim not to know what international diplomatic practice is all about. What is at stake, the encounter that we have resulting from the order of the Nigerian Government and the counter-order of the British government is what we found ourselves because the British are now saying that you cannot try to embarrass a citizen of the United Kingdom.”
The septuagenarian diplomat said though Kanu is a citizen of Nigeria by birth and later acquired British citizenship, the latter is stronger and effective than the former in international law “because as at the time of the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, he was holding a passport of the United Kingdom”.
Akinterinwa said the impending diplomatic row between Nigeria and Britain would be “catastrophic”. “It is certainly going to be very disorderly that the consequences will be more than the Umaru Dikko saga of 1984,” he said making reference to Dikko, a Minister of Transport during the administration of ex-President Shehu Shagari.
As a military head of state in 1984, the Buhari regime had allegedly arrested Dikko in London, drugged him and put him in a coffin, abducting him to Nigeria to answer allegations of corruption. The secret extradition was however foiled by the British Government.
“There must be the need to control the dictatorial blood flowing in Muhammadu (Buhari) under a democratic setting,” Akinterinwa emphasised.
The brother of the IPOB leader, Kingsley, had said Kanu was arrested in Kenya, a country in East Africa but Kenya has since denied the allegation.
However, Akinterinwa stated that Kenya cannot claim not to know about the extradition of Kanu “because the mere fact that Nnamdi Kanu was abducted on the territory of Kenya, he must have passed through the immigration desk, all the security agencies there, so they cannot lay claims to not knowing what had happened”.
“When I was calling for a learned, responsible Attorney General of Nigeria, you don’t interpret international treaties on a lighter mode, you must look at the implications. The sovereignty of Nigeria doesn’t extend beyond its international frontiers, considering the immediate Francophone neighbours.
“To have gone beyond Nigeria’s limited countries is an exaggeration. And for Kenya claiming not to know, its own international responsibility will be called to question because the country has the responsibility to protect all foreigners travelling to and travelling out of Kenya,” he added.
The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), the apex youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Friday, called on the federal government to calm restive youths in the South East by using Nnamdi Kanu to engage them in productive dialogue.
The group also advised caution over the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The national president of the council, Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, stated this in an interview with newsmen.
Igboayaka advised the Nigerian government to ensure justice in the trial of Kanu. He also urged the government to ensure fairness among nationalities of the country to reduce ethnic tension.
According to him, ‘threats of death or imprisoning the agitators cannot quench the call for Biafra restoration, but the only viable means is dialogue and negotiation’.
Comrade Igboayaka called on Igbo leaders, governors and former governors, senators, traditional and religious leaders to rally round Nnamdi Kanu for his safety.
In his words, “No one throws away a child with the dirty bath water, and an elder who rescued a perceived stubborn child has paved a new way of reasoning and the need to listen to the elders.’
He said, “Whether wrong or right, anybody thinking that Nnamdi Kanu is standing alone should interview any Igbo youth in all the communities of Igbo extraction. You will be shocked that Igbo youths still believe in Igwe Bu Ike and Onye Aghala Nwanne Ya. This evidential proof is a signal that Nnamdi Kanu could be used by the government to come into a dialogue or negotiation table”
LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Britain has asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who holds British citizenship, was arrested after Kanu’s lawyer alleged he had been detained and mistreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria.
Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which wants part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was on the run outside Nigeria for four years until he was brought to court in Abuja on June 29 and told he would face trial. read more
“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain’s Foreign Office.
The Nigerian authorities have refused to say where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved. read more
Responding to a question about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide consular assistance.
A spokesman for Nigeria’s Department of State Services, the security agency that is holding Kanu, could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in Nigeria.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged he was abducted by Kenya’s special police force and held for eight days before being turned over to Nigerian authorities. read more
Kanu faces 11 charges including treason, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms. His case is due to resume in court in Abuja next week.
IPOB wants a swathe of the southeast to split from Nigeria. The region attempted to secede in 1967 under the name Republic of Biafra, triggering a three-year civil war in which more than a million people died, mostly from starvation.
The Biafran enclave was reabsorbed into Nigeria after the war, but despite an official “no victor no vanquished” policy adopted at the time, discontent has continued to simmer in the region.
Reporting by Estelle Shirbon and William James in London, Camillus Eboh in Abuja; Editing by Alison Williams
Onyxnews Nigeria reports that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has recruited Simon Ekpa, a former Finnish soldier, to start broadcasting on Radio Biafra.
Onyxnews Nigeria understands that Ekpa on Thursday announced the appointment on his Facebook page.
“Our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi, on this day, July 8, 2021, commanded that I, Simon Ekpa, begin broadcasting from Radio Biafra with immediate effect,” he wrote.
“On this point, it is an honor and, at the same time, a call to service, a call to serve the Biafra nation and lovers of liberty.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure that we retain the momentum and legacy of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and IPOB.
“I will serve with everything I have, and I will quadruple my efforts in media, diplomacy, and other areas to serve the best interests of the people of Biafra.
“I am only a servant, and I will do my best to serve.
“From wherever he is, our leader will continue to lead this struggle.
“My name is Simon Ekpa, and I am Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s follower on Biafra restoration.”
Onyxnews Nigeria gathered that Ekpa is a member of the Finland Military Reserve Force and served as the Chairman of the Igbo Union Finland from 2015 to 2017.
He is also a Finnish politician and a former lecturer at Aberystwyth University’s Postgraduate Department of Law and Criminology.
He attended the same university and majored in law.
He also earned a Ph.D. at ABMS Switzerland and attended Canyon College, where he took advanced immigration law classes.
Ekpa is an immigration expert with extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of immigration law.
He is the CEO of EKPA & Co, which provides legal counsel to high-level clients, corporate executives, and foreign dignitaries.
He is well-versed in all of the rules that govern individual migration to nations such as Finland, Australia, Canada, and the EU. Including the UK.
Mr. Simon practices family, criminal, and civil law in addition to immigration law.
He serves on the Transportation Board of the Finnish city of Lahti.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the vice-chairman (reserved) for Building / Construction Works and the Environment in the Lahti Region of Finland. Lahti Construction and Environmental Board deputy member. (Onyxnews)
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has urged the Federal Government to use maximum force on Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Saleh Alhassan, the Secretary-General of the Association made the appeal while describing Kanu as a terrorist.
Alhassan said the IPOB leader was an enemy and a rebel against Nigeria.
He commended the Nigerian security agents for rearresting and detaining the IPOB leader.
Alhassan said Kanu should be prosecuted for allegedly causing the deaths of security agents and innocent Nigerians.
“He is a terrorist. He’s an enemy of the state. Is he not a terrorist? How are open grazing and Nnamdi Kanu related? Is there a relationship between a terrorist attacking government institutions and open grazing in the South-East? IPOB is a proscribed organisation.
“A terrorist always has a mission to terrorise people. How can someone be defending his territories inside a sovereign state? Is that not a rebel? And, a rebel is an enemy of the state.
“The state should apply maximum force on him. They should not waste time with long trials. They should prosecute him for the killing of policemen, killing of innocent people, and destroying means of livelihood,” he told SaharaReporters.
Self-proclaimed Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho has said he does not have the power to fight the Federal Government or an ordinary Local Government Chairman.
However, Sunday Igboho said it is God that would fight the battle for the secession of the Yoruba race.
His comments are coming few hours after the arrest of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was made public by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
The Oyo State indigene said this in a video, wherein he was seen addressing some of his supporters.
Igboho said; “Those abroad are the ones contributing the money we use in buying vehicles and do other things. How many can I do? Sunday Igboho is not the only powerful person. There are many powerful persons everywhere, unless we want to deceive ourselves. I can’t do it all alone. We must all unite. But someone must lead first. Moses was chosen to librate the Israelites before others join him. God will fight for us.”
“I don’t have the power to fight the Federal Government. In fact, I can’t fight an ordinary Local Government Chairman. But the battle is the Lord’s. God who is the head of the battle will fight for us. Our own generation will emancipate the Yoruba race from slavery.”
He, however confirmed that the planned mega rally for the agitation of Yoruba nation will still hold on July 3rd.
According to him, nobody has come out to stop him and his followers from storming Lagos for the rally, saying “whoever will not allow us to come to Lagos should do a video”.
Igboho added that Lagosians were ready for the rally because they know it would be peaceful like the ones held in Ondo, Ekiti, Osun and other Yoruba States.
“To all Yorubas, come out on July 3 for the peaceful rally. We should not fight. We only want to tell Buhari that all we want is Yoruba Nation. Nobody should threaten us with death. You cannot kill us. There is no live champion, but current champion.”
The Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, said it received the news of the arrest and repatriation of Nnamdi with mixed feelings of apprehension and appreciation.
The group noted that it remained apprehensive about the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu until the full course of justice takes effect.
It claimed that Kanu’s arrest will not affect Biafra agitation as a referendum was pertinent.
The spokesman of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman commended the effort of the federal government and the agencies in a statement, thanked the International Police and authorities of the United Kingdom for honouring their obligations to Nigeria.
The group said, Nnamdi Kanu has a pending trial for treasonable felony and jumping bail, saying that he must now face additional charges of incitement to violence and killing of people of other ethnicities particularly northerners, security personnel as a result of his open incitement.
The statement said, “More importantly, we don’t see Kanu’s arrest affecting the issue of Biafra. While he faces trial hopefully, the CNG is insisting that this is the right time to tackle the Biafran issue once for all.”
The coalition explained that nobody should make the mistake of assuming that the arrest is anywhere near the end of the Biafran affair, insisting, “We stand our ground that a referendum must be held to determine this and all other agitations for self-determination from any part of the country.” (Daily Post)