There have been further details revealed about how Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was arrested.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lead defence counsel, confirmed on Friday night that his client was arrested and detained by Kenya’s Special Police Force for eight days before being handed over to their Nigerian counterparts.
As Ejiofor revealed shortly after the Department of State Service, DSS, permitted his team to meet with Kanu, his client was arrested in Kenya on June 18.
According to a statement he posted on Facebook, Ejiofor said his client was tortured and subjected to various forms of inhuman treatment in Kenya, a situation he says worsened the condition of his health.
According to the statement entitled ‘Update on meeting with MNK today, 2nd July 2021’, “My Client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was abducted by the accursed Special Police Force of Kenya at the airport on the 18th of June 2021, and taken to an undisclosed residence under cruel conditions.
“He was tortured and subjected to all types of inhuman treatment, which aggravated his health condition.
Ultimately, he was transferred to their counterpart in Nigeria after being illegally detained in Kenya for eight (8) days.
“While in their custody, he was purportedly investigated on bogus charges, ostensibly awaiting to be handed over when their findings proved he was innocent of all the spurious allegations.
“They later invited their Nigerian counterparts to take over.
Before my Client was illegally handed over to their counterpart in Nigeria, my Client was abducted, detained and ill-treated by the Kenyan government.
“A scan of his heart revealed that his heart had enlarged by 13% as a result of the dehumanizing treatment he received.
A proper medical examination and treatment will be required for him immediately.
In his message to all IPOB family members worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu solicited your unrelenting prayers.
“We are going back to the Court for the necessary.”. Other details cannot be discussed here.
As we progress, his fortified legal team will address these infractions in the proper forum. Details of our legal strategy may not be made public.
Victory is assured with Chukwuokike Abiama at our side. If God Almighty is for us, who can be against us?”.
Earlier on Friday, Ejiofor revealed the DSS had listened to Kanu’s legal team’s request for an audience with him.
In a post he made, he wrote: “Update.”. We have just received a communication approving our visit to our client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, which is good news for us. Will keep the World updated on the meeting’s outcome as soon as possible after the meeting. We are in God’s hands.
In a series of posts he made Thursday, the defence lawyer vowed to go to court if the DSS rejected Kanu’s application for access to his defence team.
Kanu would also apply to be transferred from DSS custody to a Correctional Center, said Kanu.
In the event we do not hear back from State Security Services by the close of work today, we will return to court for the necessary. DSS custody should not be the appropriate custody to keep Our Client, because they are hostile to not only us lawyers but his relatives as well.
In the current state, we cannot verify the health status of Our Client Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has hitherto been on a daily medication regimen.
Considering restrictions placed on visiting him, it is highly likely that he was subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment such as torture, rough handling, and threats, all aimed at extracting a confessional statement from him.
Our Client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is being presumably subjected to these inhumane treatment and we wish to inform the world as soon as possible.
“The Nigerian government will be held accountable. All allegations against our Client are inherently and constitutionally presumed to be false, especially now that the Government has submitted itself to judicial process.
As we expedite legal action, we still urge calm from all sides, Ejiofor said.