Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, says the health of his client is failing in the detention of Department of State Service following his torture for eight days in Kenya after his unlawful arrest in that country.
Mr. Ejiofor gave the update after meeting his client for the first time on Friday since his rearrest and extradition to Nigeria that did not follow due process.
He said despite denials, Kanu was indeed arrested and detained by the Kenyan government for a week before he was handed over to the Nigerian authorities.
Barrister Ejiofor noted that his heart had enlarged by 13 per cent due to the dehumanising treatment and torture in Kenya and he now needs “immediate proper medical examination and attention for him.”
According to him, Kanu was arrested on June 18 in Kenya.
He said, “My Client – Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was actually abducted by the accursed Kenya’s Special Police Force on the 18th of June 2021 at their International Airport, and consequently taken to an undisclosed residence under dehumanising conditions.
“He was tortured and subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment which worsened his health condition. He was illegally detained for eight good days in Kenya before being transferred to their Nigerian counterpart.
“He was purportedly investigated on a bogus charge while in their custody, ostensibly, awaiting to be handed over after their findings proved him innocent of all the spurious allegations. They later beckoned on their Nigerian Counterpart to take over.
“The Kenya government was deeply involved in the abduction, detention and ill-treatment of my Client before the illegal handover to their Nigerian counterpart.
“A scan of his heart showed that the heart has enlarged by 13% due to the dehumanizing treatment meted to him. There will be need for immediate proper medical examination and attention for him.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu conveyed his goodwill message to all IPOB family members worldwide, and craved for your unrelentless prayers. We are going back to the Court for the needful. Other details cannot be entertained here. His fortified legal team will address these infractions at the proper forum as we progress. Other details on our legal strategy, may not be made public.
“With Chukwuokike Abiama on our side, Victory is assured. For if God Almighty be for us, who can be against us? ”
The Kenya Government had vehemently any involvement by its security officials in the arrest and extradition of Kanu.
The Kenyan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Wilfred Machage on Friday in Abuja dismissed the claims of his country’s complicity, calling it ridiculous and an attempt to cause disaffection between the people of Southern Nigeria and the Kenyan people.
He urged Nigerians to ask the their government how the IPOB leader was apprehended.
Machage said, “I wish to categorically state that we are not happy at this ridiculous attempt of dragging the name of Kenya and President Uhuru Kenyatta in this matter of arrest and extradition of the self-proclaimed IPOB leader.”
The Director-General of Kenyan Immigration Services, Alexander Muteshi had earlier also denied any involvement.