The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has slammed a lawsuit against the Kenyan government over its alleged involvement in the extradition of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kanu by the pro-Biafra activist’s brother, Kingsley Kanunta and written by Luchiri and Company Advocates, the separatist leader’s legal team in Kenya. The application has been tendered at a Kenyan Court.
In the application, Kanu described his extradition as unconstitutional. The application further argued that Kanu is a British citizen and entered Kenya with his British passport, adding that he ought not to have been brought to Nigeria for any reason without valid court orders for his extradition.
Those named as respondents are Kenya’s Interior CS, Director of Immigration, Director of Criminal Investigations, OCPD Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and the Attorney General.
The application is seeking the court approval to declare Kanu’s extradition from Nairobi to Abuja as illegal and unconstitutional on the grounds that the act violated the Extradition (Contiguous and Foreign Countries) Act Chapter 76 of the laws of Kenya.
Recall that Kanu was arrested on June 29 and extradited to Nigeria. He has since been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Since the extradition, IPOB had alleged that Kenya played an important role in the arrest of its leader.
The group had alleged that Kanu was illegally detained for eight days by the government of Kenya before he was eventually handed over to the Nigerian goverment.
However, the Kenyan Government had since denied claims that Kanu was arrested on its soil.