Following the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, one of his kinsmen has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja, praying it to order British High Commission and Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, to arrest and repatriate him from the United Kingdom back to Nigeria to stand his trial.
In his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/9300/17 and dated October 4, the plaintiff, Mr. Ugochukwu Kenneth, who is a native of Afara in Umuahia, Abia State, Kanu’s village, also accused the British government of aiding IPOB.
He insisted that Kanu was aided by the British government to travel out of the country illegally in order to escape prosecution.
Mr. Ugochukwu through his lawyer, Mr. Obor John, told the court that the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu has placed the lawmaker representing his constituency in the National Assembly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, in danger of being arrested.
Recall that Senator Abaribe was one of people who signed as a surety for Kanu before he was released in April.
“That I know as a fact that if Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who has travelled to the United Kingdom in an attempt to escape justice, fails to appear in court on the next adjourned date, being October 17, 2017, the freedom of the senator representing my district and other co-sureties will be in jeopardy.
“That consequent upon the above, if Senator Abaribe, who is my representative, is finally arrested as required by law, myself and the good people of Abia South Senatorial District will be denied representation at the Senate and by extension the dividends of democracy.
“That I know as a fact that the illegal disappearance of Mazi Kanu from the shores of Nigeria to the United Kingdom would not be possible, if not for gross display of negligence on the part of the 2nd Defendant (Nigerian Immigration Service) as well as complacency of the 1st defendant (British High Commission) who aided the illegal travel of Mazi Kanu considering the fact that he holds citizenship of the 1st Defendant.
Continuing, in a 24-paragraph affidavit he personally deposed to in support of the suit, the plaintiff averred:
“That I also verily believe that the action of the 1st defendant in arranging and facilitating the illegal travel of Mazi Kanu is calculated to ensure that he escape justice and to continue the act of terrorism and arranging, managing and participating in meetings with other terrorists organisations across the globe as well as receiving support from them for purposes of dislodging the government of Nigeria”.
Joined as the 3rd defendant in the suit were the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN.