Nnamdi Kanu: British Govt has abandoned him – Lawyer alleges

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Today makes it a month since the proscribed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria without his travel documents on him after using large amounts of money to lure him out of the United Kingdom, where he sought asylum after jumping bail in 2017 under Justice Binta Nyako of the Supreme High Court.

Recall that, Nnamdi Kanu was first arraigned in court on the 30th of June after his arrest by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is currently facing 11 charges including jumping bail in 2017.

His trial was adjourned to July 26th after telling the Judge that, he jumped trial and ran to the UK because security operatives launched an unlawful raid on his house killing everyone and the only thing that saved him from being shot that day was because he hid away from their prying eyes. Since his arrest, he has been held by the Department of State Service (DSS)

The 11 charges are radio and online broadcasts against the country and its institutions plus instigating violence especially in Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, police, and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities, felony, managing an unlawful society and publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms due to his militia group known as Eastern Security Network (ESN), improper importation of goods and inciting violence through television.

Nnamdi Kanu is the 53-year-old Nigerian/British political activist who reinstated the fight for the sovereign state of Biafra in the Southeast region. A fight that started in 1967 by late Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu but was squashed by the military head of state, Yakubu Gowon because he didn’t like the idea of having a sovereign and independent state for the Igbos.

He regarded it, ‘as being too early’, in the sense that, the country just acquire their independence, seven years before. Late Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu used the full-confrontation strategy because he and his supporters criticized the federal government for its poor investment, inequitable resource distribution, ethnic marginalization, and heavy military presence in the South-Eastern region.

He was met with a civil war which lasted for three years and he lost with a death toll of more than 3 million Igbos, who died out of starvation because he lacked the ideology of soliciting the help of a world power to back him up in the war.

The difference between him and Nnamdi Kanu is that Nnamdi Kanu utilized the full power of the internet and social media to pass his first-hand information to his supporters while residing in a foreign country while late Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu used a full-on confrontation while residing in the country.

In other news, Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on July 26th has unceremoniously adjourned again to 21st October with claims that he refused to appear in court when he is allegedly being held by the Department of State Service (DSS). This was after some of his lawyers were denied access to the courtroom where is supposed to be tried.

According to Vanguard, one of the lead counsel of Nnamdi Kanu, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, accused the British government of abandoning one of their citizens, Nnamdi Kanu. Ejiofor made this statement when he was being interviewed on Arise TV, the morning show on Wednesday.

His statement says, “In 2015, Nnamdi Kanu, a British national, was arrested in Lagos, and I know what happened and the effort they made. I know how they were keeping constant communication with me. I know how they were visiting him in SSS, where he was initially detained before being taken to prison. They were there severally. Every two days, they visited him in prison. At times, they make sure to confirm with me about his medical condition.

“But as of today, July 2021, a British national was abducted on June 19 and smuggled into Nigeria thereafter. And was taken to court on the 29. These things happened to the knowledge of the British government, and, apart from that, we formally notified them.

“The British government has not set their eyes on Nnamdi Kanu talkless of offering any form of service, and till today, I can confirm that to you.

“The British high commission and government are not doing much about this case. There‚Äôs a very likelihood of connivance in the effect of my client on the part of the British government”, he reaffirms.

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