Reuters reports from YENAGOA, Nigeria. According to media reports quoting court documents, the arrested leader of a Nigerian separatist group ” IPOB “has filed a lawsuit saying that he was illegally moved from Kenya to Nigeria and demanding that he be freed and allowed to travel to the United Kingdom.
Nnamdi Kanu, a British citizen, is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a secessionist movement in southeastern Nigeria. The group has been designated as a terrorist organization by Nigerian authorities. for charges of treason and other offences.
According to reports from numerous Nigerian media sites, Kanu’s attorneys filed a case against the Nigerian government and security forces in a court in southeast Abia State, alleging a series of abuses of his fundamental rights.
It stated that Kanu should be “repatriated” to the United Kingdom and that Nigeria should make an extradition request to the British authorities if it wanted to retain him.
A lawsuit had been filed, according to the Abia court, and a hearing was set for Sept. 21.
A UK government spokeswoman stated in an email that the government was seeking to gain consular access for a British national arrested in Nigeria.
The email stated, “We are in frequent contact with Nigerian officials and continue in contact with his family and legal counsel.”
Nigeria was already urged to explain Kanu’s incarceration by the United Kingdom.
The details of his incarceration have not been divulged by Nigeria. Kenya has denied any participation in the incident.
Kanu’s incarceration has roiled the Igbo ethnic group’s homeland in the southeast area, which attempted to separate in 1967 as the Republic of Biafra, resulting in a three-year civil war that killed over a million people.
In protest of Kanu’s plight, IPOB has frequently urged people in the southeast to stay at home. It has arranged another stay-at-home day for Thursday in protest of President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned visit to Imo State.
According to Amnesty International, as part of their assault on IPOB, Nigerian security forces killed at least 115 people and arbitrarily imprisoned or tortured hundreds more. Nigeria has been silent on the allegation.