We are not responsible for Nnamdi Kanu’s extradition, Kenya govt tells Court

The Kenyan Government has again denied being involved in the arrest and extradition of the embattled leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Nigeria.

Recall Kanu was extradited to Nigeria from an undisclosed country and subsequently remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

The special counsel to Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, and the family of the IPOB’s leader however claimed he (Kanu) was detained and extradited from Kenya.

Disclosing he has filed a suit against the Kenya government, Ejimakor argued that since Kanu is a British citizen and entered Kenya with his British passport, he ought not to have been brought to Nigeria for any reason without valid court orders for his extradition.

He said that Kanu’s fundamental human rights were grossly violated by those who masterminded his rendition to Nigeria, accusing the Kenyan Government of culpability.

He maintained that it was against international laws to illegally arrest somebody on foreign land, an act that amounts to abduction.

Meanwhile, a press release by Kanu’s brother made available to newsmen on Thursday by Kanu’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, the court hearing in Kenya took place on November 2.

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The release quoted Kenyan Government as saying there was no record in any Kenyan police station showing that Kanu was legally arrested or detained in the country.

It read in part ” On 2nd November 2021, the Government of Kenya filed its defence to the suit I had earlier filed in Kenya on behalf of my brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

“It will be recalled that following my brother’s extraordinary rendition in June this year, the Kenyan Government had publicly issued series of statements, denying its complicity in this abominable act.

“In the said defence that it filed in Court, Kenya has not only persisted in its denials, but it went further to confirm that my brother was denied the benefit of the due process of extradition in Kenya or even a lawful arrest.

“In particular, the defence the Kenyan Government filed in court stated in major part “That there are no extradition proceedings to justify that the Government of Kenya is responsible for the subject’s extradition”.

It further stated “That there is no OB record from any of the Police station within the Country to indicate that the subject in issue was lawfully arrested and detained for purposes of commencing extradition proceedings”.

“It needs to be emphasized that above admissions have officially confirmed our long-held position that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s transfer from Kenya to Nigeria is unlawful, not lawful as was claimed by the Nigerian Government.

“This latest revelation, officially made in open Court by Kenya, further solidifies our abiding position that the Nigerian Government cannot benefit from its own wrong by subjecting my brother to trial.

“As the next hearing date unfolds to 7th December 2021, more legal processes will be in view. Our immediate goal is to secure the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from detention.”

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