The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed that he was blind-folded from the point of his arrest in Kenya and flown into Nigeria in a private jet.
This was revealed by Kanu’s counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, in a statement on Thursday after a meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting took place in the detention facility of the Department of State Services in Abuja.
Ejimakor said Kanu told him that he was flown to Abuja in a private jet on June 27, 2021 from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi and that he was the lone passenger.
Ejimakor said Kanu further told him he was blind-folded and driven to the tarmac very close to the plane without passing through the airport immigration.
He said the plane departed Nairobi at about 12pm and arrived Abuja in the evening.
He added: “Kanu was tortured and subjected to untold inhuman treatment in Kenya.
“He said his abductors disclosed to him that they abducted him at the behest of Nigerian government.”
On whether Kanu had a hint of why he was abducted, Ejimakor said: “The people never said much on that except that they were told he was a Nigerian terrorist linked to the Islamic terrorists in Kenya.
“But after several days when they discovered his true identity, they tended to treat him less badly.”
Continuing, Ejimakor said 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 when he visited the DSS detention facility on Tuesday, “Kanu was interviewed for the first time in my presence by three DSS officers.
“The interview was revealing as it contained certain new allegations that were never heard of before.
“But they all relate to his status as the leader of IPOB.”
Ejimakor added that despite what Kanu has passed through, he was in high spirits and looked forward to overcoming the extraordinary rendition that brought him to Nigeria.
He said: “In my opinion, before any court can subject Kanu to trial, it has to first conduct a trial within trial on the grievous incident that forced him to leave Nigeria and the equally grievous incident that forced him back to Nigeria.
“No court of law with conscience and equity will overlook those two incidents and proceed to trial.”