The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing stated that the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu received consular assistance of the British authority being a British citizen during an interview on Thursday on Arise TV.
It will be remembered that operatives of the Nigeria’s Secret Police (DSS) did not bring IPOB leader before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday to continue his trial.
According to a statement from Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, Nnamdi Kanu is charged with “treason, violent insurrection against the state, terrorism, publishing defamatory material, running an illegal company and illegal possession of firearms”.
The trial has been adjourned to October 21 because the DSS failed to bring IPOB supreme leader before the Federal High Court.
Talking on Arise TV, Laing said,
, “We have offered all necessary Consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu as a British national. No, I cannot say anything about the case, but we have rendered Consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu.”
Also, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor while talking on Arise TV disclosed that the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), harassed his colleague during their visit to Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody.
“He should have access to his lawyers. And prison custody is the place recognized by law. The DSS told us initially that they were holding him for interrogation. Now, we are being restricted from seeing him in DSS custody.
“We are not comfortable with him being detained in the DSS custody because that’s not the place to be. We cannot effectively defend him while in DSS custody.
“One of my colleagues was even harassed when we visited him in their (DSS) custody. But, we didn’t disclose this. I’m making this thing public for the world to know.”