The arrested leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed that he was abducted in Kenya by some agents who were hired by the Nigerian Government.
Kanu, who is currently being detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) after appearing before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja is facing trial for a treasonable felony and illegal possession of firearms.
The separatist leader had jumped bail in 2017 and fled the country for the UK after soldiers stormed his parents’ residence at Afaraukwu, Abia State.
While the Minister for Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said he rearrested through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services, the Kenyan government denied having anything to do with the arrest.
But in an explosive report by The PUNCH, Kanu told how he was rearrested during a three-hour meeting with his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, who visited him in the custody of the DSS Wednesday.
He said, “Kanu said he was flown to Abuja in the private jet on Sunday, 27th June, 2021 from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, and that he was the lone passenger.
“He was blindfolded and driven to the tarmac very close to the plane without passing through the airport immigration.
“The plane departed Nairobi at about 12pm and arrived Abuja in the evening.
“Kanu was in point of fact tortured and subjected to untold cruel and inhuman treatment in Kenya. He said his abductors disclosed to him that they abducted him at the behest of the Nigerian government.
“The people that abducted him said they were told by their sponsors that Kanu was a Nigerian terrorist linked to the Islamic terrorists in Kenya, presumably Al-Shabab. But after several days when they discovered his true identity, they tended to treat him less badly.
“Despite that, they told him they felt committed to hand him over to those that hired them.
“According to Kanu, no warrant of arrest was shown to him or even mentioned to him. And for the eight days he was held incommunicado, nothing of presenting him before a court or transferring him to an official detention facility was ever mentioned. He was held in a nondescript private facility and chained to a bare floor.
“Kanu was interviewed for the first time in my presence by three DSS officers. The interview was revealing as it contained certain new allegations that were never heard of before. But all the questions relate directly or indirectly to his status as the leader of IPOB.”
The lawyer however noted that despite his client’s ordeal, he was in high spirit in the belief that after these revelations, any court that would hear his case must first conduct a “trial within a trial” on how he left Nigeria and was forced back.
“No court of law, conscience and equity will overlook those two supervening incidents and proceed to trial,” he added.
He is due for re-arraignment on July 26.