The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded with the British Government to intervene in his case by asking President Muhammadu Buhari to release him from prison. Stressing that he is a British citizen and had been wrongly arrested and put in detention.
According to Vanguard, Kanu who is facing treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, approached the British government through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
In a letter dated March 24 and addressed to the British High Commissioner in Abuja, Mr. Kanu described himself as a victim of travesty of justice and gross human rights violation. Insisting that the President Buhari-led administration has violently abused his fundamental human rights through his prolonged detention in prison custody.
Part of the letter read:
“It is repeating the obvious to state that our client is a full British citizen, by virtue of which position he is entitled to all Rights, Privileges and Protection, guaranteed under the British Laws and conventions.
“We are therefore constrained in the circumstance, to formally notify the British Government via this medium, of our well-informed reservations, and apprehension, that our client is undergoing persecution in the charge above referred, and deliberate design by the persecutors to frustrate every effort of the Defense team aimed at giving our client a fair trial.
“It is the position of our Law, that dual citizenship is a constitutional right of the citizens of Nigeria, clearly provided for under section 28 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended in 2011. Dual citizenship is not a crime under our Law.”
Mr. Kanu said he was ready to answer to the charge against him, but however, expressed doubt in the ability of the Nigerian government to accord him fair trial, saying he has so far been subjected to immense persecution.