Kanu drags Kenyan Government to African Rights Commission over extradition
Written by crest887fm on July 27, 2021
Special Counsel to the leader of Indeginous People of Biafra IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor has disclosed that the extraordinary rendition of his client is now a matter before the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.
Ejimakor said that the defendants in the petition are both Nigeria and Kenya governments, whom Kanu is asking to account for his abduction from Kenya.
He disclosed that among prayers in the petition include that Kanu be restored back to his state of being, which was Kenya, before his abduction that he discribed as reprehensible.
Ejimakor also noted that both Nigeria and Kenya are answerable to the Africa Rights commission because they are both parties to the Africa Charter and domesticated the Charter in their countries, thus making it part of their municipal laws.
He stated that extraordinary rendition is expressly prohibited under the African Charter, where it provides in pertinent part that “A State may not transfer (e.g. deport, expel, remove, extradite) an individual to the custody of another State unless it is prescribed by law and in accordance with due process and other international human rights obligations.
Extraordinary rendition, or any other transfer, without due process is prohibited”.
He pointed out that Kanu travelled to Kenya on his British passport and was duly admitted as such and as a free man.
Ejimakor said that he also requested the Commission to adopt other urgent measures as the Commission deems fit in the circumstances to protect Nnamdi Kanu in the interim, adding that a fact-finding visitation to Nigeria is also in reckoning.