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MORE TROUBLE FOR KANU: British Govt Might Not Be Able to Help Nnamdi Kanu Because of This Reason.
As calls for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu to get “rescued” by the British government continues, it has been discovered that he might not be getting any help from them
The Nigerian government had on Tuesday announced Kanu’s arrest and extradition to Nigeria to continue to face trial.
Speaking in a statement on Wednesday, Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brother, Emmanuel Kanu said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra was unlawfully arrested in Kenya, detained and was subsequently extracted from the country to Nigeria,
Emmanuel said the federal government violated the principles of the rule of law by arresting his brother adding that the British High Commission must insist on Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
“The British High Commission in Nigeria must insist upon my brother’s immediate release.
“They must guarantee his safety and security. Nnamdi Kanu must be returned home to the UK to his wife and his sons who live here. The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, must make clear to the Nigerian authorities that they will not tolerate the unlawful detention of British citizens and that the UK Government condemns the Nigerians and Kenyans for undermining the rule of law. Foreign Secretary Raab must be clear.
“There will be consequences for those who resort to extraordinary rendition. The British Government must insist upon justice for Nnamdi Kanu,” the brother to the IPOB leader had said.
However, a quick investigation at a manual published on the UK government’s website has disclosed that British authorities can’t get anyone out of prison or detention because of their nationality.
The 19th page of the manual titled ‘Support for British nationals abroad: A guide’ explained that they can only approach local authorities if the British national is not treated in internationally accepted standards.
The document reads, “We can offer you information about the local prison or remand system, including visiting arrangements, mail and censorship, privileges, work possibilities, and social and welfare services. We can also explain where there are different regulations for remand prisoners and sentenced prisoners. For example, in some countries, prisoners are allowed to send more mail when they are on remand.
“We cannot get you out of prison or detention, nor can we get special treatment for you because you are British. If however you are not treated in line with internationally accepted standards we will consider approaching local authorities. This may include if your trial does not follow internationally recognised standards for a fair trial or is unreasonably delayed compared to local cases.
“With your permission, we can consider taking up a complaint about ill-treatment, personal safety, or discrimination with the police or prison authorities.
“Consular staff will keep in regular contact with you, either by visiting personally or by telephone/ letter. The frequency of visits will depend on local prison conditions and your personal circumstances.
“If you are a dual British national in the country of your other nationality, we would not normally offer you support or get involved in dealings between you and the authorities of that state. We may make an exception to this rule if, having looked at the circumstances of the case, we consider that you are vulnerable and we have humanitarian concerns.”
Meanwhile, as earlier reported, a group of Igbo lawyers resident in the United Kingdom has given the federal government a 48-hour ultimatum to release him.
Reacting to the arrest, the UK-based Igbo legal practitioners described it as illegal.
The lawyers under the auspices of the Coalition of Igbo-British Lawyers also condemned the Kenyan Government for arresting Nnamdi Kanu, who is also a British citizen, and handing him over to the Nigerian government.
The group revealed this in a statement signed by Barrister Ebuka Okoroafor according to a report by SaharaReporters.
According to the lawyers, the Kenyan government has violated the human rights of Kanu, who possesses both Nigerian and British passports.
The statement reads, “Coalition of Igbo-British lawyers condemns the illegal detention and subsequent handing over of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the Nigerian government by the Kenyan Government.
“The Coalition of Igbo-British lawyers in a statement issued and signed by Attorney E.R Okoroafor on the 30th of June, 2021 at his Glasgow residence in the United Kingdom has condemned the illegal and archaic manner in which the Kenyan Government has acted in the illegal detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“It also condemned the subsequent handing him over to the Nigerian Government without any due process.
“It is worthy of note to mention that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu entered Kenya with his British passport, and the Kenyan government is fully aware of his citizenship status but still went ahead to perpetrate their illegal act which does not only breach the personal human rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu but also undermine the sovereignty of the British government,” the statement read in part.
The group also disclosed that the illegal action will be addressed at the International Criminal Court, in Hague, The Netherlands, while asking the Nigerian government to convey Kanu back to the United Kingdom before the expiration of 48 hours.
The Igbo British lawyers also stated that the failure of the Nigerian government to do so has declared war on Kanu, IPOB, and the entire Igbos.
“While this serves as a pre-action notice to the Kenyan Government as we shall be heading to the International Criminal Court to rectify the injustice done as it is trite law that injustice to one is injustice to all, we are also by this medium informing the Nigerian Government that they have 48 hours to return Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the United Kingdom.
“And if he has any charges to answer to, they should as a nation that is governed by the constitution, pass through the legal means of filing an extradition notice as failure to do so, we shall not hesitate to term this a declaration of war on not only Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB but all Igbos generally, and this we shall vehemently resist with all apparatus of law available at our disposal.”
The lawyers also warned that no bodily harm whatsoever must be done to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in order “to avoid a total breakdown of law and order in the fast crumbling entity called Nigeria.”
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