A coalition of Igbo lawyers in Britain has condemned the arrest and subsequent detention of the self acclaimed leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPoB) Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
In a statement signed and issued by Attorney E.R. Okoroafor on Wednesday from his Glasgow residence in the United Kingdom on behalf of the coalition of Igbo lawyers in the United Kingdom, the Coalition condemned what they described as “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 and subsequent handing him over to the Nigerian Government without any due process.
“It is worthy of note to mention that Nnamdi Kanu entered Kenya with his British passport, and the Kenya 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 Nnamdi Kanu but also undermine the sovereignty of the British government.”
The statement said, “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 48hrs to return 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 extradiction notice as failure to do so, we shall not hesitate to term this an a declaration of war on not only Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB but on all Igbos generally.
“This we shall vehemently resist with all apparatus of law available at our disposal. While all this is being done, the Nigerian government is also being warned that no bodily harm whatsoever must be done to Nnamdi Kanu to avoid a total breakdown of law and other in the fast crumbling entity called Nigeria.”