One of the lawyers of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, has written a letter to the Eurpoean Union seeking help to rescue incarcerated Kanu who he claims is sick and that his health is declining as he continues to remain in solitary confinement.
In a letter written to the European Union in Nigeria, Ejiofor urged the EU to intervene in Kanu’s case, adding that the Federal Government would listen to a plea from the EU.
He added that the EU should urge the Federal Government to cease and desist from further criminal prosecution of Kanu and instead to constructively engage him in seeking a political solution to the Biafran question.
The letter read in part;
“We the solicitors of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on whose behalf and instruction we hereby most respectfully request for the urgent intervention of European Union Delegation in urging the Government of Nigeria to promptly Implement the opinion of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the pertinent judgement of the Federal High Court of Nigeria (Umuahia) regarding the matter of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently detained by the GON in solitary confinement.
Your excelency our decision to lay this matter before the EU Mission in Nigeria (and by extension, to your home governments) was propelled by the stellar human rights record of the EU and the supranational diplomatic influence the EU or the Mission can bring to bear on the Government of Nigeria and persuade it to do the right thing.
We are also very alarmed at the worsening health conditions of Mr. Kanu, exacerbated by the inhumane detention conditions to which he is being subjected, including his solitary confinement since June 27, 2021.
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We trust therefore that your mission and home governments will give the most urgent and expeditious attention and consideration to our humble prayers.”
Ejiofor added that the intervention of the EU would be necessary in urging the Federal Government to be “guided in all matters relating to Mr Kanu by the letters and spirit of the United Nations Working Group Opinion, the judgement of the Federal High Court of Nigeria (Umuahia), the judgment of the High Court of Abia State and the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria.”
He also urged the EU to “intervene with the Government of Nigeria, urging it to cease and desist from further criminal prosecution of Mr Kanu and instead to constructively engage him in seeking political solution to the Biafran question.”
Although the Court of Appeal had discharged Kanu in October, the Federal Government claimed that he was only discharged and not acquitted.
Kanu was extradited to Nigeria from Kenya in 2021 after the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, announced in a press conference in Abuja back in June 2021.