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The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has written to the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, asking that the British authorities file a Diplomatic Note with Nigeria’s Federal High Court indicating Britain’s sovereign interest in his trial as a British citizen.
Kanu, in the letter made available to Eastern Pilot written by his legal counsel, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, on Thursday, said the British authorities must declare that he is not a criminal but “a person who possesses a political opinion which the Nigerian authorities are seeking to suppress using punishment of some sort.”
Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami revealed Kanu’s arrest at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Kanu has been detained in the custody of the Department of State Services after he was illegally abducted by Nigerian authorities with the help of their Kenya counterpart and brought back to Nigeria.
Read the full transcripts of Kanu’s Letter titled,
RE: Urgent Request For Consular Assistance To OKWU-KANU, Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Kenny (British Citizen)
We are Solicitors to above-named British Citizen, on whose behalf and instruction we write this Letter to request an urgent Consular assistance to him.
Mr. Okwu-Kanu (aka Nnamdi Kanu) is the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, both of which are corporate citizens of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Kanu resides in the United Kingdom, from which soil he departed on an overseas travel on or about June 19, 2021 on a British Passport No: 556543086 (copy of biographic page attached herewith)
We are reliably informed that while he was on said overseas travel he was intercepted in Kenya by Nigeria’s foreign security agents and brought to Nigeria against his will on or about June 27, 2021, and arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja without benefit of Counsel on June 29, 2021. Currently, he is being detained in the custody of the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) in Abuja.
Your Excellency, permit us to point to a few legal, political, and diplomatic issues that have been implicated in this matter. They are;
- Mr. Kanu is a British Citizen who was traveling on a valid British Passport when he was seized in a third country and forcibly brought to Nigeria. Such act constitutes an unlawful rendition of a bonafide British Citizen.
- He was not traveling on Nigerian Passport or the Passport of any other country, including that of Kenya.
- There is no extant Order of extradition by any British Court or any other foreign Court (including Kenya) and we are informed that there is no Pending extradition Proceedings standing against him in Britain or Kenya.
- There is no deportation Order by our Kenyan Court or other Authority that made him subject to deportation. But if there was, the country of his deportation should have been Britain on which Passport he was travelling. Deporting him to Nigeria just because he was born in Nigeria, but not traveling on her Passport, is unlawful under international law.
- The enterprise upon which Mr. Kanu is engaged, which is seeking the restoration of the defunct State of Biafra through a referendum is a protected political opinion (ie self – determination) under British and Nigerian Laws, where it is enacted at Cap A9, Article 20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
- In our view, the manner of his interception and forcible deportation to Nigeria is extra-legal and does not comport with the pertinent international laws and treaties to which Nigeria is subject.
On the basis of the foregoing, and hereby make the following Prayers:
- That Mr. Kanu be granted every possible Consular assistance to which cuts is entitled as a British Citizen.
- That Mr. Kanu be categorized as a high-profile political prisoner or a prisoner of conscience and be thus rendered the highest diplomatic protection under Municipal and international laws.
- That the Nigerian Authorities be prevailed upon to immediately allow access to Mr. Kanu by his Lawyers, Doctors, and Family Members.
- That the Nigerian Authorities be prevailed upon to immediately avail Mr. Kanu the opportunity of being taken to our Hospital of his choice for Medical Examination.
- That the British Authorities file a Diplomatic Note or other legal process with Nigeria’s Federal High Court and the Office of the Attorney General of Nigeria indicating her sovereign Interest in Mr. Kanu’s matter.
- That the British Authorities declare that Mr. Kanu is not a Criminal but a person who possesses a political opinion the Nigerian Authorities are seeking to suppress by means of punishment of some sort.
- That the British Authorities urgently demand the unconditional release of Mr. Kanu from detention.
While we await your urgent and most favorable considerations of our Prayers, please be assured of our highest esteem for Your Excellency, the High Commission, and the British Government. [Culled]
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