Nnamdi Kanu lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor has revealed more hidden facts that suggests that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) might have actually been illegally repatriated to Nigeria as have been suggested by many since his re-arrest was made known by Nigeria Attorney General of Federation, Abubakar Malami.
On 29th June 2021, Abubakar Malami, announced that Nnamdi Kanu had been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing in 2017. The Nigeria government subsequently added that Nnamdi Kanu was brought back to Nigeria in order to face justice, but gave no details as to how and where his arrest was made. However, his family and lawyers stated that he was arrested in Kenya.
His charges include terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others,” Nigeria Attorney General of Federation Abubakar Malami stated.
Recall that Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently 53 years old, was arrested in late 2015 after calling for a separate homeland for the Igbo people in southeast Nigeria to form an independent nation known as the Republic of Biafra. In 2017, he jumped bail, reappearing in Israel and Britain. According to him, he left Nigeria when he discovered that his life was under threat.
Nnamdi Kanu lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor in his statement over the weekend claimed that Kenya was misled by Nigeria in other to secure his repatriation to Nigeria. The statement which was released on Sunday explained that the pro-Biafra agitator is technically still in Kenya.
Aloy Ejimakor noted that since Nnamdi Kanu travelled to Kenya on a British passport, he should have been expelled to the same country and not Nigeria. Aloy Ejimakor, in a statement he signed entitled; “Nnamdi Kanu is technically still in Kenya,” stated that it was dubious that Kenya attributed Nnamdi Kanu’s citizenship to Nigeria because it is his place of birth.
The statement read in part; “Yes, that is right. In the purest interpretations of foreign relations law, as applied to Britain and Kenya, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is technically speaking, still in Kenya. How? Dual national or not, Nnamdi Kanu departed Britain and travelled to Kenya as a British citizen and Kenya admitted him as such. That is the starting point.
“So, after his admission to Kenya, it happens that Nnamdi Kanu must be expelled from Kenyan soil, with or without due process, the next natural and legal thing to do is for Kenya to expel him to Britain, not Nigeria. Choosing to expel him to Nigeria means that he could have also been expelled to any other country than Nigeria.
“Why? Because Nnamdi Kanu presented himself to Kenya as a British citizen, not as a Nigerian citizen or even a dual citizen. In international law, it was clearly a three-way immigration contract between Nnamdi Kanu, Britain and Kenya.
“Nigeria was not a party to it, and Nigeria was never in reckoning at the Kenyan port of entry when Nnamdi Kanu presented himself for admission. Lawyers call it the privities of contract.
“Counting from the time of Nnamdi Kanu’s abduction to the infamous rendition, Kenya sighted no other travel document that could have, in addition to Britain, attributed another nationality to Nnamdi Kanu, including that of Nigeria. Or, was Nnamdi Kanu admitted to Kenya on a Nigerian birth certificate?
“So, it’s dubious that Kenya attributed Nigerian citizenship to Nnamdi Kanu because sponsors of the abduction and rendition presumably told Kenya that Nnamdi Kanu was born in Nigeria,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, IPOB is currently divided over the sit-at-home order in the South-East in solidarity with their detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Amid Nnamdi Kanu’s continued detention, IPOB had vowed to shut down the whole of Southeast every Monday in every week until its leader Mazi Nnamdi is released.
But, Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Kanunta announced the suspension of the sit-at-home order due to students in the Southeast participating in the National Examination Council (NECO) and examination for senior secondary schools.
He had said a new date for the protest would be communicated later. However, IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful urged Nigerians to disregard the remark by Kanunta. Emma Powerful warned people of the Southeast against flouting the directive.
Frowning at the order, the Anambra State Police Command had vowed to tackle IPOB members who threatened people of the state to comply with the order. State police commissioner, CP Chris Awolabi who spoke to Daily Post, stated that his men are working underground to thwart the order.
According to the words of Anambra State police commissioner, CP Chris Awolabi and I read; “If you are in Anambra, you will know what we have been doing. IPOB is a proscribed group, what do you want me to say about them? We are working.
“I do not believe in coming to the media to do my work, but if you are in Anambra, you would have seen what we are doing. We are working on that,” Anambra State police commissioner, CP Chris Awolabi stated.
Also, the Anambra State Government had warned civil servants in the state against complying with the order. The state government had warned that civil servants would not be paid their August salary, if they obeyed the sit-at-home directive issued by IPOB in solidarity for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
On his part, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State cautioned IPOB against destabilizing the economy, progress, and peace of the state and Southeast in general. Governor Dave Umahi however, ordered security agencies to protect the citizens from any form of molestation and to ensure that citizens in the state embark on their daily activities.
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