The British High Commission in Nigeria has woken to one of their responsibilities as they make seemless efforts to reach out to the incarcerated Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of a separatist group the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB.
Kanu who’s a British citizen had since his re-arrest and extradition back to Nigeria, been detained in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Whogoz.ng learnt that Kanu’s lawyer, Bar. Aloy Ejimakor, revealed that officials of the British High Commission had made efforts to take the advantage of the recent court order to see Kanu in DSS custody.
A Justice Binta-Nyako led Federal High Court had ordered the Department of State Service DSS, to on stipulated days allow the counsel and specified personnels of Kanu to visit him while still in detention.
In an exclusive statement sent to DAILY POST on Tuesday, the constitutional lawyer confirmed that the Commission made the latest move after it’s earlier diplomatic channels had failed.
In Ejimakor’s words:
“The British High Commission wants to see Nnamdi Kanu since the diplomatic channels were blocked. The court gave an omnibus order which is not restricted to lawyers only. It’s open to relatives and friends; You can even go and see him if you stand behind me. I can take you there.
“The British High Commission had a conversation with me this morning, and they intend to see him through an escalation method and not through request or consular assistance or diplomatic privileges. They want to see him standing behind the order; they want to take advantage of the court order to see him.
“The court order has opened doors beyond the province of lawyers only. I have no issues seeing him; I see Kanu every two days until about ten days ago when DSS faulted. This led to the application that brought about the court order.
Before now, seeing Kanu was prescriptionary; that is, it’s up to DSS, but now the court order has opened him up, so now, they want to stand behind the court order to gain access to Kanu.”
Recall that the British High Commission had expressed its readiness to provide consular assistance to Kanu; and assistance which the legal counsel of the Department of State Service DSS, according to Bar. Ejimakor had tuwarted.
Whogoz.ng recalled that Kanu has been in the DSS custody since his rearrest and repatriation from an undisclosed country earlier this year.
Kanu is expected to appear before a Federal High Court in October to continue his trial which borders on treasonable felony amongst others.