Lawyers to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu have stated that they have commenced legal action against Nigeria and Kenya at the African Union‘s commission on human rights.
They are demanding accountability from the two countries for what they allege as illegal transfer or handling-over of their client without due process of extradition.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, July 27, by Alloy Ejimako, counsel to Kanu, who stated that they took the matter to the AU because Nigeria and Kenya were both members of the charter establishing the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.
The commission describes itself as the AU’s “quasi-judicial body for promoting and protecting human rights” in Africa.
Ejimako further requested that Kanu should be taken to Kenya as a free man and a British citizen; alleging that his arrest there was invalid without successful extradition proceedings.
Kanu holds British citizenship and the circumstances of his extradition back to Nigeria last month are unclear. The Kenyan government denied involvement in his arrest and extradition.
It comes after the Nigerian government failed to present Kanu in court to continue his trial on treason and terrorism-related charges.
A federal high court in Abuja ordered the authorities to produce him on the next court date on 21 October.
Wilfred Machage, Kenya’s high commissioner to Nigeria, had emphatically denied his country’s involvement in Kanu’s arrest.
In a statement posted on Twitter, he called any such charge “fictional, imaginary and also deliberately concocted; to fuel antagonistic feelings among certain sections of the Nigerian people.”
Meanwhile, following outcries on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as well as the Electoral Amendment Bill; the House of Reps has pledged to always protect the interest of Nigerians in its legislation.
Rep. Benjamin Kalu, the Spokesperson of the House of Reps made this known in a press conference on Monday, July 26, in Abuja.
Kalu said that the House of Reps would not waver in its quest to put the interest of the country; and the citizenry into consideration; in all its legislative work, also adding that there was no perfect legislation in the world.
“Let us for the interest of this country, loyalty and faithfulness to it; recognise what this parliament has gone through in the passage of the bills,’’ he said.