Details emerged yesterday how leader of the proscriped Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested and tortured in kenya before flown to Nigeria.
Special Counsel to the IPOB leader, Aloy Ejimakor, in a statement said “Kanu was flown alone from Kenya to Nigeria on a private jet”
He said he held three hours discussion with Kanu in DSS Custody.
His statement read “My brother, I had a visitation with Nnamdi Kanu yesterday. It lasted a little over three hours. Below is what he told me … to help you write the story quickly.
“Kanu was flown alone from Kenya to Nigeria on a private jet.
“Kanu was flown to Abuja in the private jet on Sunday 27th June, 2021 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and that he was the lone passenger.
“He was blind-folded and driven to the tarmac very close to the plane without passing through the airport Immigration. The plane departed Nairobi at about 12pm and arrived Abuja in the evening.
“Kanu was in point of fact tortured and subjected to untold cruel and inhuman treatment in Kenya. He said his abductors disclosed to him that they abducted him at the behest of Nigerian government.
“The people that abducted him that they were told by their sponsors that Kanu was a Nigerian terrorist linked to the Islamic terrorists in Kenya, presumably Al-Shabab. But after several days when they discovered his true identity, they tended to treat him less badly. Despite that, they told him they felt committed to hand him over to those that hired them.
“According to Kanu, no warrant of arrest was shown to him or even mentioned to him. And for the eight days he was held incommunicado, nothing of presenting him before a Court or transferring him to an official detention facility was ever mentioned. He was held in a nondescript private facility and chained to a bare floor.
“Kanu was interviewed for the first time in my presence by three DSS officers. The interview was revealing as it contained certain new allegations that were never heard of before. But all the questions relate directly or indirectly to his status as the leader of IPOB.
“I observed that despite what he has passed through, he was in high spirits and looked forward to overcoming the extraordinary rendition that brought him to Nigeria.
“In my assessment of how the case now stands, I wager that before any Court can subject Kanu to trial fir any offenses, it has to first conduct a trial within trial on the grievous incident that forced him to leave Nigeria and the equally grievous incident that forced him back to Nigeria. No court of law, conscience and equity will overlook those two supervening incidents and proceed to trial.
NOTE: Aloy Ejimakor, Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu