Kanu’s detention, Igboho’s harassment won’t stop secession agitations –IPOB leader’s lawyer

Ifeanyi Ejiofor

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, speaks with LESI NWISAGBO about the arrest, detention and ongoing trial of his client and among other sundry issues

How would you describe Nnamdi Kanu’s health condition presently?

I have expressed concerns about his present state of health. I have also made known to the world the manner in which he was treated by the Kenyan police. They abducted him. I believe they know who he was at the point he was arrested and they subjected him to all forms of inhuman treatment. He was beaten, handcuffed and kept in a very terrible environment. So, he was not detained in an official and conventional custody. He was tortured. They tried to extract information from him. From what I got from him, he was being investigated at the point for terrorist offences, thinking he was one of the people coming to that place to give them trouble. But apparently, they know they are acting a script. So, after detaining him for eight days, they now called on the Nigerian government to send their security agency to come and pick him.

Do you mean the Kenya government arrested him?

Very well. Let me resolve this issue, because I have not been able to say this. The Kenyan government is making desperate efforts to deny its involvement. It is simple. Is it possible for police in Nigeria as we are today to arrest somebody in the class of Nnamdi Kanu, assuming he is not from this country?  Can the police in Kenya make any form of communication or contact with the Nigerian government without the government of Kenya approving it? Is it possible? Is there any way they can arrest him, then proceed to make contact with Nigerian authorities without the knowledge and approval of the Kenyan government? The answer is ‘No’. So, the denial is coming too late in the day. This is apart from the fact that we have other compelling evidence to the effect that he was arrested in the airport and taken to an unknown destination where he was subjected to torture and all forms of degrading human treatment. Also, we have other information and evidence to show what happened there. So, they cannot deny it. These pieces of evidence are going to be used at the appropriate forum in the course of the proceeding.

He came back here with serious injuries. The security agency that travelled from Nigeria to Kenya to take him saw someone that was near lifeless and they were so circumspect of the fact that this guy may die in their hands. Out of that curiousity, they insisted on going to the hospital for further examination and he was taken to Nairobi Hospital where he was examined and doctor found that there was an enlargement of his heart to about 13 per cent. That was before he was brought to Nigeria. Since they brought him here, they kept him in solitary confinement without access to his relatives. Except on a special request from us, his lawyers, that we go to see him. We have seen him once and we may see him again any moment from now.

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