A coalition of Igbo lawyers under the aegis of the “Igbo Lawyers Association” (ILA) says it has begun mobilizing some other lawyers from across the globe in preparation for the July 26, 2021 trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
According to the Chairman of the Association, Chief Chuka Muomah (SAN), the Igbo Lawyers Association strongly condemn the illegal manner in which Kanu was intercepted and brought to Nigeria.
6Consequently, the association would ensure that the British Government look into and reverse the illegality of the interception of Kanu, who is a dual citizen of both the British and Nigeria.
He stressed that the Association is mobilizing lawyers from across the globe to put up the best defence available under municipal and international law in defence of the rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
He explained that the association is doing this because they want the British government to wade into the matter and ensure the reversal of the illegality of that interception.
Chief Muomah (SAN) frowned at a development where the Attorney General of the Federation would inform the Nigerian public that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and repatriated from Addis Ababa, whereas Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said his client was arrested, tortured and detained for eight days in Kenya before he was handed over to Nigerian authorities.
It would be recalled that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a secession agitator and leader of the now defunct Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) jumped bail in 2017 and was re-arrested recently from an undisclosed country via collaborations of the Nigerian Security and other Intelligence Security Agencies, and authorities from other nations.
He was brought before a court of law in Nigeria and remanded by the court to be kept in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
The matter was adjourned to July 26, 2021for further hearing.