Nnamdi Kanu’s health deteriorates – Lawyer writes to EU
One of the lawyers of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, lawyer Aloy Ejimakor, has written a letter to the European Union asking for help in rescuing the incarcerated Kanu who he says is sick and that his health declines as he continues to remain in solitary confinement.
In a letter written to the European Union in Nigeria, Ejiofor urged the EU to intervene in Kanu’s case, adding that the federal government would listen to an appeal from the EU.
He added that the EU should urge the federal government to cease and desist from pursuing criminal charges against Kanu and instead engage him constructively in the search for a political solution to the Biafra issue. .
The letter read in part;
“We, the lawyers of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on whose behalf and on whose instructions we very respectfully request the urgent intervention of the European Union Delegation to urge the Nigerian government to promptly implement the opinion of the United Nations work on arbitrary detention and the relevant judgment of the Federal High Court of Nigeria (Umuahia) in the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently being held by the GON in solitary confinement.
Your Excellency, our decision to bring this matter to the EU Mission in Nigeria (and by extension, to your national governments) was prompted by the EU’s outstanding human rights record and the supranational diplomatic influence that the EU or the mission can exert on the Nigerian government and persuade it to do the right thing.
We are also very alarmed by the deteriorating state of health of Mr. Kanu, exacerbated by the inhuman conditions of detention to which he is subjected, in particular his solitary confinement since June 27, 2021.
We therefore hope that your mission and your national governments will give the most urgent and prompt attention and consideration to our humble prayers.
Ejiofor added that EU intervention would be necessary to urge the federal government to be “guided in all matters relating to Mr. Kanu by the letters and spirit of the advice of the UN task force, the judgment of the Federal High Court of Nigeria (Umuahia), the judgment of the High Court of Abia State and the judgment of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria.
He also urged the EU to “intervene with the Nigerian government, urging it to cease and desist from pursuing criminal charges against Mr. Kanu and to engage him constructively in the search for a political solution. to the question of Biafra”.
Although the Court of Appeal acquitted Kanu in October, the federal government asserted that he had only been acquitted and not acquitted.
Kanu was extradited from Kenya to Nigeria in 2021 after Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami announced this at a press conference in Abuja in June 2021.