The lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor has said that his client was kidnapped in Kenya and not arrested, stressing that the action is a gross violation of international law for which the Nigerian government and Kenyan government are signatories to the treaty.
Ejiofor who spoke on Arise Television on Wednesday pointed out that the international community and International Court of Justice (ICJ) has been invited to investigate what transpired in Kenya.
According to Ejiofor, if Kanu was arrested in Kenya he would have been subjected to judicial proceedings in Kenya, just like the case of Sunday Igboho who was arrested in Benin Republic and undergoing trial there.
He said, “If you compare what happened to Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya with what is playing out in Benin Republic, you will see that Sunday Igboho was arrested and taken to custody where he is being subjected to trial but Kanu was kidnapped at Nairobi airport and taken to a place, not police custody.
He added, “Within 24 hours of his abduction, people who were aware of his whereabouts, started looking for him, They visited all the police facilities in Nairobi but he was not seen anywhere. He was detained in that place for eight days; it was after eight days that he was handed over to the Nigerian security agents who smuggled him into the country.
Meanwhile, the lawyer faulted the action of the Department of Security Services (DSS) for failure to produce Kanu in court, stressing that the security agency has a history of violation of court orders.
He said, “The court made an order to bring him to court on 26th of July for trial to commence. It is immaterial that the court commences on vacation on that day, DSS should have produced him in court. It has a history of violation of court orders.
“On the 14th of October 2015 when Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Lagos, he was taken to court in Abuja on the 16th of October. He was granted bail the same day but was not admitted to bail by the DSS and he was taken to federal High court on 19th, and he was granted bail unconditionally and that order was flouted.”
Expressing concern over the inability to access Kanu, the lawyer requested the court to transfer Kanu to a correctional centre. “DSS denied us access to him a few days before commencement of trial; we made effort to see him throughout last week to no avail.
“It means we had no discussion with our client before the trial commenced, which is why we filed an application to get him transferred to prison custody, where we can have unrestricted access to him. The application will be heard on the next adjourned date, though the court has ordered the DSS to allow us unrestricted access to him, Tuesdays and Thursdays and I hope that DSS will obey,” he said.