“Kanu working for Islamic terrorists,” How Nigeria deceived Kenya to arrest IPOB leader


More revelations have emerged on how the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was extradited to Nigeria.

TheLeadng had earlier reported that Kanu was detained in Kenya for eight days before he was flown to Nigeria.

It was gathered that the Nigerian government made the government of Kenya to believe that Kanu was working with the Islamic terrorists attacking the East Africa country.

Al-Shabab, a terrorist, jihadist group based in East Africa and Yemen, for decades has been carrying out deadly attacks in Kenya.

Aloy Ejimakor, the special counsel to Kanu, who met the IPOB leader in DSS facility on Wednesday confirmed this in a statement.

“The people that abducted him said that they were told by their sponsors that Kanu was a Nigerian terrorist linked to the Islamic terrorists in Kenya, presumably Al-Shabab.

“But after several days when they discovered his true identity, they tended to treat him less badly. Despite that, they told him they felt committed to hand him over to those that hired them,” Ejimakor said while narrating was Kanu told him in detention.

Ejimakor revealed that Kanu was chained to the floor and held incommunicado for eight days at a private facility when he was arrested in Kenya.

“Kanu was in point of fact tortured and subjected to untold inhuman treatment in Kenya. He said his abductors disclosed to him that they abducted him at the behest of the Nigerian government,” Ejimakor said.

Ejimakor alleged that no warrant of arrest “was shown to Kanu or even mentioned to him”.

“And for the eight days he was held incommunicado, nothing of presenting him before a court or transferring him to an official detention facility was ever mentioned. He was held in a nondescript private facility and chained to a bare floor,” he said.

Ejimakor revealed that Kanu was blindfolded and flown to Abuja on a private jet on Sunday, June 27th, 2021 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, and that he was the only passenger onboard.

Ejimakor added that Kanu disclosed that he was driven to the airport tarmac “very close to the plane without passing through the airport immigration”.

The Federal Government had refused to disclose the location of Kanu’s arrest but maintained it followed international law in extraditing the IPOB leader.

However, the Director-General of Kenyan Immigration Services, Alexander Muteshi, denied knowledge of Kanu’s arrest in the country.

Kenyan High commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Wilfred Machage, also claimed Kenya did not participate in the arrest of Kanu.

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka said Nigerians would be embarrassed when the truth about Kanu’s extradition is known.