By Chimaobi Nwaiwu, NNEWI
The family of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is protesting his arrest and extradition from Kenya to Nigeria.
The family described it as a violation of international law, extraordinary rendition and violation of the most basic principles of the rule of law.
In a statement on behalf of the family by Kingsley Kanu, they said that Mazi Kanu was unlawfully arrested in Kenya, detained and was subsequently subject of extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria where he is now detained.
The family statement read in part: “News has reached Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s family that he has been unlawfully arrested in Kenya, detained and has subsequently been the subject of extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria where he is now detained.
“He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. My brother Nnamdi Kanu demands the right to self-determination for Biafra.
“Self-determination is a right that underpins the United Nations. Because Biafrans support Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafran self-determination, my brother has now been subjected to the most serious violations of international law.
‘How he was taken’
“Whilst visiting Kenya, Nnamdi Kanu was detained and handed over to the Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria.
“My brother has been subject to extraordinary rendition by Kenya and Nigeria. They have violated the most basic principles of the rule of law.
“Extraordinary rendition is one of the most serious crimes states can commit. Both Nigeria and Kenya must be held to account. I demand justice for my brother, Nnamdi Kanu.
“Nnamdi Kanu holds both British and Nigerian citizenship. Nnamdi Kanu is Biafran, not Nigerian.
“He has rejected his Nigerian citizenship. The British High Commission in Nigeria must insist upon my brother’s immediate release.
“They must guarantee his safety and security. He 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 Nigeria and Kenya 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.”