Britain, firm seek Kanu’s consent to take over case

A lawyer of the separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu has revealed details about his visit to the IPOB leader in the custody of the Department of State Services.

The lawyer Aloy Ejimakor said he delivered two forms to Mr Kanu during the visit on Wednesday.

One of the forms was from the British High Commission and the other was from a law firm in London, Bindmans. Kanu is also a British citizen.

“The forms will open a whole new chapter of legality, including the filing of a Writ of Mandamus, against the Nigerian government in a UK court to compel it to produce Kanu, because his detention is illegal under the British law. It was an extraordinary rendition, which is an international crime by which a state kidnaps a suspect or a fugitive without the due process of law,” the lawyer told PUNCH.

“They will be filing all these processes in the UK and there is a prospect of a UK court assuming universal jurisdiction or extra-territorial jurisdiction and reaching into Kenya so that they can arrest every Kenyan official, either authorised or not, and every Nigerian official involved in this case.”

Mr Ejimakor said the DSS collected the forms, saying they must first go through the vetting of its legal unit.

He said that during the three-hour meeting, the IPOB leader told him he was blindfolded and flown on a private jet on June 27 from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi without any extradition hearing or immigration process.

“The people that abducted him said they were told by their sponsors that Kanu was a Nigerian terrorist linked to Islamic terrorists in Kenya, presumably Al-Shabab. But after several days when they discovered his true identity, they tended to treat him less badly,” he said.

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