Igbo British Lawyers give Nigeria 48 hours ultimatum to release Kanu, threaten to sue Kenyan government.Adunni Adetola
A coalition of Igbo-British lawyers has challenged the Kenyan government in the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Nnandi Kanu, who was arrested last weekend, was arraigned for alleged treasonable felony at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Tuesday
At a media briefing in Glasgow, Scotland, the lawyers threatened to sue the Kenyan government over what they described as an illegal arrest of the IPOB leader.
Attorney E.R. Okoroafor, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the separatist leader entered Kenya with a British passport, adding such was sufficient to stop him from being arrested.
He described Kanu’s arrest as “illegal and archaic.”
According to him, the Kenyan government played a major role “in the arrest of Kanu and his subsequent handover to the Nigerian government without any due process.”
The group claimed that handing him over to the Nigerian government constituted a violation of his right as a British citizen and the British government’s sovereignty.
However, the illegal actions will be addressed at the international criminal court in Netherlands. The group also asked the Nigerian Government to release and facilitate Nnamdi Kanu return to the United Kingdom (UK) before 48 hours.