Nnamdi Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) was arrested in Kenya, his brother, Emmanuel Kanu, said on Wednesday.
In a statement, Mr Kanu called for the immediate release of the secessionist, saying he committed no crime by clamouring for self-determination recognized United Nations laws.
What Mr Kanu who holds both Nigerian and British passports went to do in Eastern African country is yet unknown as at press time.
Many versions of where he was picked up have continued to crop up on social media with so many countries named.
“My brother Nnamdi Kanu demands the right to self-determination for Biafra. Self-determination is the right that underpins the United Nations,” Mr Emmanuel said.
“Because Biafrans support Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafran self-determination, my brother has now been subjected to the most serious violations of international law.
“Whilst visiting Kenya, Nnamdi Kanu was detained and handed over to the Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria.
“My brother has been subjected to extraordinary rendition by Kenya and Nigeria. They have violated the most basic principles of the rule of law. Extraordinary rendition is one of the most serious crimes states can commit. Both Nigeria and Kenya must be held to account. I demand justice for my brother, Nnamdi Kanu.
“Nnamdi Kanu holds both British and Nigerian citizenship. Nnamdi Kanu is Biafran, not Nigerian. He has rejected his Nigerian citizenship.
“The British High Commission in Nigeria must insist upon my brother’s immediate release. They must guarantee his safety and security. Nnamdi Kanu must be returned home to the UK to his wife and his sons who live here. The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, must make clear to the Nigerian authorities that they will not tolerate the unlawful detention of British citizens and that the UK Government condemns the Nigerians and Kenyans for underminin
Earlier yesterday after news of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest and re-arraignment surfaced a very quick press release was made public by a faction of Ohanaeze praising the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu.
The tone of the release was unlike Ohanaeze that is now made clear that such did not emanate from the desk of Ohanaeze President General but by some factional mischief maker.
The Ohanaeze press release reads as follows.
The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a publication currently circulating in the media suggesting that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has issued a statement regarding the alleged rearrest and re-arraingment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB).
Ordinarily, we would have ignored the said press release, but silence in this circumstance would mean giving validity to such fallacy by the unsuspecting public.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has not issued any press statement on the matter. Ohanaeze Ndigbo as the apex Igbo cultural organization does not issue public statements in a hurry. I hereby dissociate ourselves from the said press release and also warn those mischief makers, impostors and charlatans peddling the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve selfish gains to desist from that shameful misadventure.
In the event of further breach of this warning Ohanaeze Ndigbo will be compelled to invoke the full weight of the law to deal with the offenders.
Chiedozie Alex. Ogbonnia National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide