News about the arrest of Nigeria’s separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu has taken a different development as new revelations were made by his lawyer who was identified as Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor. According to him, the Biafran leader was abducted by Kenya’s Special Police Force on 18th June, 2021.
“My Client – Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was actually abducted by the accursed Kenya’s Special Police Force on the 18th of June 2021 at their International Airport, and consequently taken to an undisclosed residence under dehumanizing conditions,” Mr. Ifeanyi wrote.
According to the lawyer who claimed to have met Nnamdi Kanu on the second of July, Kenyan security forces held and tortured his client for eight (8) days. “He was tortured and subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment which worsened his health condition. He was illegally detained for eight good days in Kenya before being transferred to their Nigerian counterpart.” He added.
He further stated that medical reports proved the alleged brutal treatment by the Kenyan forces. “A scan of his heart showed that the heart has enlarged by 13% due to the dehumanizing treatment meted to him. There will be a need for immediate proper medical examination and attention for him.”
Even though Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to the Biafran leader insisted that “Kenyan Government was deeply involved in the abduction, detention and ill-treatment” of his client before extraditing him to Nigeria, Kenya’s authorities, particularly the country’s High Commissioner to Nigeria outrightly denied any form of involvement by Kenya. Moreover, the Nigerian government has not mentioned whether Nnamdi was arrested in Kenya or not.
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been on the run since the year 2017 after Nigerian security forces stormed his home in Abia state. Kanu was on bail at that time for treasonous charges against him for his agitation for an independent state of Biafra in South East of Nigeria; a call that he continued doing online while abroad. According to the Nigerian government, Kanu’s online publications and his newly formed security outfit, Eastern Security Network have posed threats to the country’s national security. Nnamdi Kanu appeared in court since his arrest but his case was adjourned until July 26 and 27.