On Tuesday, the British High Commission in Nigeria attempted to visit Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who is being held by the Department of State Services, DSS.
Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, revealed that Commission officials are attempting to use the recent court order to place Kanu in DSS custody.
Ejimakor told DAILY POST exclusively on Tuesday that the Commission took the latest step after diplomatic channels failed.
“The British High Commission wants to see Nnamdi Kanu because diplomatic channels have been blocked,” Ejimakor says. The court issued an omnibus order that does not apply only to lawyers. It’s open to family and friends; in fact, if you stand behind me, you can go see him. I’ll drive you there.
“I spoke with the British High Commission this morning, and they said they’d see him through an escalation method rather than a request for consular assistance or diplomatic privileges. They want to see him standing behind the order, and they want to use the court order to get a look at him.
“The court order has opened doors that were previously only open to lawyers. I don’t mind seeing him; I used to see Kanu every two days until DSS went down about ten days ago. As a result, the application that resulted in the court order was filed. Previously, seeing Kanu was prescriptionary; that is, it was up to DSS, but now that the court order has opened him up, they want to stand behind the court order to see Kanu.”
Since his re-arrest and repatriation from an undisclosed African country in June, Kanu has been held by the DSS. This was as a result of a court order issued by the Justice Binta Nyako-led High Court in Abuja.
However, the secret police failed to appear in court last week, forcing the judge to postpone the case until October.