Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Lead Counsel for the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has again questioned the Federal Government of Nigeria over the June 2021 arrest and extradition of his client, Nnamdi Kanu.
Ejiofor in a statement on Wednesday accused Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, of “hypocrisy”.
He queried why authorities did not subject IPOB leader, Kanu, to extradition proceedings before a court of law – just as suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, was afforded.
He also accused the Nigerian government of terrorism for the manner Kanu was captured in Kenya and “renditioned” to Nigeria.
Read Ejiofor’s full statement below:
The Honorable Attorney General of the Federation (Abubakar Malami, SAN) is aware of the existence of this NIGERIAN Extradition Act, Cap E25, Laws of the Federation 2004, particularly the compelling provision of Section 15 of this Extradition Act, yet, he proceeded on a gross violation of this Law, to participate in the criminal abduction of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya, and extraordinarily renditioned him to Nigeria, instead of subjecting him to this extradition proceedings as also mutually provided under Kenyan Laws.
Pertinent to note that this same AGF also subjected the disgraced/suspended ACP Abba Kyari to the same extradition proceedings before the Nigerian Court.
So, why was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu not afforded the same opportunity before he was forcefully renditioned to Nigeria?
The law is now settled that the Attorney General of the Federation and his accomplices, committed an act of terrorism under their own very Law, for the manner in which they violated international laws with impunity in the forceful abduction and rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria.
It is to be noted also that, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is by virtue of the provisions of another NIGERIAN Law under Section 2(3)(f) of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment and Prohibition) Act, 2022, a victim of terrorism. Abubakar Malami SAN is equally aware of the provisions of this law.
In a saner/civil society, the Attorney General of the Federation and his accomplices would be in the prison cooling off, for their flagrant violation of NIGERIAN Laws, which constitutes an act of terrorism. However, and most unfortunately, we are in a country of “anyhowness”, where anything goes.
Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom is sacrosanct and the hour has come, no going back.”