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NNAMDI KANU SPEAKS FROM DETENTION, EXPLAINS HOW HE WAS APPREHENDED IN KENYA

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

Nnamdi Kanu, the head of the pro-Biafra group IPOB, has spoken out for the first time since he was detained in Kenya and returned to Nigeria for a treason trial roughly three weeks ago.

He is being held at the SSS facility in Abuja, Nigeria’s secret police.

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On Wednesday, Aloy Ejimakor, Mr Kanu’s special attorney, was allowed to visit with the IPOB leader inside the jail facility, where he reportedly chatted with him for almost three hours.

Mr Ejimakor told pressmen what Mr Kanu told him on Thursday morning.

“The guys who kidnapped him said their sponsors told them Kanu was a Nigerian terrorist affiliated to Islamic terrorists in Kenya, most likely Al-Shabab.

“However, once they realized his genuine identity, they tended to treat him better after a few days. Regardless, they informed him they were obligated to turn him over to the people who hired them,” Mr Ejimakor added.

Al-Shabab, an East African and Yemeni terrorist and jihadist group, has been carrying out deadly attacks in Kenya for decades.

According to the IPOB leader’s revelations, the Nigerian government must have hired a third party to “intercept” Mr Kanu, most likely without the Kenyan government’s knowledge or assistance.

Mr Kanu claimed he was held incommunicado and tied to a bare floor in a run-down private facility in Kenya for eight days.

According to Mr Ejimakor, no warrant of arrest was ever provided to him or even spoken to him.

“In Kenya, Kanu was tortured and subjected to unspeakable cruelty and inhumane abuse. He said that his kidnappers told him that they kidnapped him at the request of the Nigerian government,” the lawyer added.

“He was blindfolded and driven to the tarmac quite near to the plane, bypassing airport immigration. The jet took off from Nairobi at 12 p.m. and arrived in Abuja around 8 p.m.

“On Sunday, June 27, 2021, Kanu was flown to Abuja in a private plane from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the lone passenger,” he continued.

Mr Kanu was first interviewed by three SSS officers in his presence, according to Mr Ejimakor.

“The interview was eye-opening because it contained some previously unseen charges. However, all of the questions are related to his role as the leader of IPOB, either directly or indirectly.

“Despite everything he had been through, I noted that he was in good spirits and looking forward to overcoming the remarkable rendition that had brought him to Nigeria,” the lawyer added.

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