Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has confirmed that he was arrested, detained and tortured for eight days by Kenyan security forces before being handed over to Nigerian government.
Kanu who spoke on Friday through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who visited him where he is being detained in Abuja, said Kenyan government was deeply involved in his abduction, detention and ill-treatment.
This comes after Kenyan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Wilfred Machage, dismissed the reports that the IPOB leader was arrested in his country, saying the reports were concocted.
Machage who addressed a press conference in Abuja on Friday, expressed displeasure over reports that Kanu was arrested in his country and admonished Nigerians to ask the Federal Government how the IPOB leader was apprehended.
His denial had come after Kanu’s brother, Kingsley, had alleged that he was arrested in Kenya.
But confirming that Kanu was indeed arrested in Kenya, Mr. Ejiofor said, “My Client – Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was actually abducted by the accursed Kenya’s Special Police Force on the 18th of June 2021 at their International Airport, and consequently taken to an undisclosed residence under dehumanizing conditions,”
“He was tortured and subjected to all forms of inhuman treatment which worsened his health condition. He was illegally detained for eight (8) good DAYS in Kenya before being transfered to their Nigerian counterpart.
“He was purportedly investigated on a bogus charge while in their custody, ostensibly, awaiting to be handed over after their findings proved him innocent of all the spurious allegations. They later beckoned on their Nigerian Counterpart to take over.
“Kenyan Government was deeply involved in the abduction, detention and ill-treatment of my Client before the illegal handover to their Nigerian counterpart.
“A scan of his heart showed that the heart has enlarged by 13% due to the dehumanizing treatment meted to him. There will be need for immediate proper medical examination and attention for him.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu conveyed his goodwill message to all IPOB family members worldwide, and craved for your unrelentless prayers.
“We are going back to the Court for the needful. Other details cannot be entertained here.
“His fortified legal team will address these infractions at the proper forum as we progress. Other details on our legal strategy, may not be made public.”