The British High Commission in Nigeria on Tuesday made efforts to see Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) but were denied access to meet with Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, disclosed that officials of the Commission are trying to take advantage of the recent court order to see Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody.
Speaking with Daily Post on Tuesday, Aloy Ejimakor said the Commission made the latest move after diplomatic channels failed. According to the words of Ejimakor; “The British High Commission wants to see Nnamdi Kanu since the diplomatic channels were blocked. The court gave an order which is not restricted to lawyers only. It is open to relatives and friends. You can even go and see him if you stand behind me. I can take you there.
“The British High Commission had a conversation with me this morning, and they intend to see him through an escalation method and not through request or consular assistance or diplomatic privileges. They want to see him standing behind the order, they want to take advantage of the court order to see him.
“The court order has opened doors beyond the province of lawyers only. I have no issues seeing him. I see Nnamdi Kanu every two days until about ten days ago when DSS faulted. This led to the application that brought about the court order. Before now, seeing Nnamdi Kanu was prescriptionary; that is, it is up to DSS, but now the court order has opened him up, so now, they want to stand behind the court order to gain access to Nnamdi Kanu.”
It will be recall that the British High Commission had expressed its readiness to provide consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu. Nnamdi Kanu has been in DSS custody since his re-arrest and repatriation from an undisclosed African country to Nigeria in June this year. This was due to a court order by Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
However, last week, the DSS failed to produce the IPOB leader in court, making the judge to adjourn the case till 21st October this year.
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