Kidnapped, Lured or Extradited, Did FG Break the Law in Arresting Nnamdi Kanu?

The re-arrest of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has continued to generate controversies as a lot of Nigerians spot a foul play.

There are reports initially indicating that the IPOB leader was lured by a woman to a South American country, a theory well believed and circulated by a cleric in the South East.

The federal government has also been mute regarding the issue which many now see as a repeat of the Umaru Dikko kidnap attempt during the military regime of Muhammadu Buhari in the 80s. From all indications, this looks tenable except for another report by Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Kingsley Kanu, alleging that his brother was arrested in Kenya.

Kingsley said his brother was detained while visiting Kenya and “handed over to the Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria”, the Cable reports.

Such claim by the brother of the separatist leader has a lot of implication in International law, especially regarding the fundamental rights of individuals and those who are regarded as dissidents in another country. The case of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange resonates easily.

However, Kingsley insisted that Kanu has been “subjected to the most serious violations of international law” because of his desire for self-determination of a sovereign state of Biafra.

“Whilst visiting Kenya, Nnamdi Kanu was detained and handed over to the Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria,” he said.

“My brother has been subject to extraordinary rendition by Kenya and Nigeria. They have violated the most basic principles of the rule of law. Extraordinary rendition is one of the most serious crimes states can commit.

“Both Nigeria and Kenya must be held to account. I demand justice for my brother, Nnamdi Kanu.”

He did not state how Kanu got to Kenya as claimed, even though, there were other reports that he was lured by the promise of a donation to his Biafra struggle.

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