On Tuesday the British High Commission in Nigeria made efforts to see Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, disclosed that officials of the Commission are trying to take advantage of the recent court order to see Kanu in DSS custody.
Speaking exclusively with newsmen on Tuesday, Ejimakor said the Commission made the latest move after diplomatic channels failed.
According to Ejimakor: “The British High Commission wants to see Nnamdi Kanu since the diplomatic channels were blocked. The court gave an omnibus order which is not restricted to lawyers only. It’s open to relatives and friends; You can even go and see him if you stand behind me. I can take you there.
“The British High Commission had a conversation with me this morning, and they intend to see him through an escalation method and not through request or consular assistance or diplomatic privileges. They want to see him standing behind the order; they want to take advantage of the court order to see him.
“The court order has opened doors beyond the province of lawyers only. I have no issues seeing him; I see Kanu every two days until about ten days ago when DSS faulted. This led to the application that brought about the court order. Before now, seeing Kanu was prescriptionary; that is, it’s up to DSS, but now the court order has opened him up, so now, they want to stand behind the court order to gain access to Kanu.”
Recall that the British High Commission had expressed its readiness to provide consular assistance to Kanu.
Kanu has been in DSS custody since his rearrest and repatriation from an undisclosed African country in June. This was due to a court order by Justice Binta Nyako-led High Court sitting in Abuja.
However, last week, the secret police failed to produce the IPOB leader in court; making the judge adjourn the case till October.