Ifeanyi Ejiofor, one of the lawyers representing Nnamdi Kanu, the arrested leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has accused the United Kingdom government of “not doing enough” to in resolving the travails of his client.
Speaking in a television interview on Wednesday, Ejiofor alleged that the British government may have connived with the Nigerian government to keep Kanu, who has a UK passport, behind bars.
The lawyer claimed that the British government has failed to help its citizen despite him (Kanu) renouncing his Nigerian citizenship.
“I can confirm to you that the British High Commission is not doing much about this case. I can confirm to you that there is every likelihood of connivance in what happened to my client,” Ejiofor said on The Morning Show on Arise Television.
“Because sometime in 2015 when my client was arrested, I know how they were keeping constant communication with him and visiting him regularly, both when he was in military detention and when he was in DSS custody and he was transferred to the prison.
“As at the time he was arrested, he was arrested as a British national because he had renounced his Nigerian citizenship over five years ago. And they are still talking about offering him consular services.”
Kanu, who jumped bail in 2017, was re-arrested and subsequently repatriated to Nigeria on 27 June “through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”, according to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation.
He is facing 11 charges bordering on treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms among others.
He was re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on 29 June and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, while the case was adjourned till July 26 and July 27.