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Legal Battle: IPOB Vs Nigeria, Kenya over Kanu’s Fate

Events regarding Nnamdi Kanu’s hearing in Abuja has triggered a legal battle among the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nigeria and Kenya, respectively.

The Lawyers representing the proscribed separatist leader of Biafra, Kanu, declared that the team had commenced a continental legal action against Nigeria and Kenya in the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

As hinted earlier, the action is coming right after the Nigerian Government failed to present Kanu for the Federal High Court to continue the trial of his case on treason and terrorism-related charges.

The Special Counsel to the secessionist leader, Alloy Ejimako, in a statement, revealed that the case would b taken to the African Union Commission since both nations are state parties to the African Charter.

Kanu’s Lawyers argued that the legal team demands accountability from Nigeria and Kenya over claims that both countries illegally transferred/handed over their client without due process of extradition.

IPOB Vs Nigeria, Kenya over Kanu’s Fate

Consequently, IPOB Lawyers prefer Nnamdi Kanu to return to Kenya as a free man and a British Citizen. The team noted, “With the absence of any extradition proceedings in Kenya, Nigeria warrant standing against their client is invalid,” adding the Kenyan Authorities can’t apprehend him.

Also, the lawyers contended that both Nigeria and Kenya have extradition laws forbidding the extraordinary rendition of the separatist leader.

Earlier in the month, reports revealed that Kenya’s Government initially denied claims that it had hands in the arrest and deportation of IPOB’s Leader to Nigeria.

Meanwhile, regarding Kanu’s whereabouts, on Monday, the Federal High Court ordered the Department of State Services, DSS, to ensure Nnamdi Kanu is available for the next court hearing on October 21, 2021.

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