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How Nnamdi Kanu’s alleged abduction bears semblance to kidnapping of Umar Dikko in 1984

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The detained chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) just lately accused the Nigerian authorities of abducting him from Kenya.

Aloy Ejimakor, the lawyer to Kanu, who visited him on the State Safety Service (SSS) detention, narrated the circumstances of the arrest of his shopper, placing an finish to sequence of speculations on the place he was arrested and delivered to Nigeria.

It will be recalled that Kanu was just lately extradited again to Nigeria, and the unwillingness of the federal authorities to provide particulars of his extradition had fueled speculations, as some platforms reported that he was arrested in Czech Republic whereas others reported Ethiopia, Brazil and even the UK.

The newest clarification by Kanu, via his lawyer, has generated additional controversies previously couple of days. In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Mr Ejimakor stated that Kanu, who had been in Kenya since Could, was arrested on the airport whereas he was making an attempt to choose up an unknown individual.

He claimed that the “Kenyan Authorities was deeply concerned within the abduction, detention and ill-treatment of my shopper earlier than the unlawful handover to their Nigerian counterpart.”

The account by the lawyer clearly contradicts the place of the Kenya Excessive Commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, who at a press briefing, denied the involvement of the federal government of Kenya within the “abduction.”

“I need to deal with the allegation by denying that Kenya was concerned within the alleged arrest in Kenya and extradition to Nigeria of Mr Kanu.

“The allegation is fictional, imaginary and intentionally concocted to gas antagonistic feeling amongst the southern part of the Nigerian individuals in opposition to the Kenyan individuals.

Kenya’s Director Common of Immigration Companies, Alexander Muteshi, in an interview with Kenya Nation, stated he was not conscious that Kanu was within the nation. Nevertheless, Kanu’s lawyer has insisted that he was with the passport of his shopper which reveals he was in Kenya.

Additionally, the Nigerian authorities had refused to state the place and the way Kanu was adopted. The Lawyer Common of the federation, Abubakar Malami, whereas saying the seize of the IPOB chief, stated he was intercepted via the collaboratory effort of safety companies.

Equally, the Minister of Data and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, had additionally evaded questions on the place and the way Kanu was captured.

DAILY POST contacted the Spokesperson of Kenya’s authorities, Col Cyrus Oguna, however he didn’t choose his calls.

Historical past of abduction

However the forwards and backwards between Kenya officers and Kanu’s lawyer, what just isn’t doubtful is the entanglement of President Muhamadu Buhari with alleged abduction.

Mr Kanu’s allegations bear similarity with the failed abduction of Umar Dikko, a former Minister of Transportation underneath President Shehu Shagari, in July 1984.

Mr Dikko was accused of embezzling about $1billion and declared probably the most wished man by the Buhari regime, who had toppled the then administration in a coup. In a plot just like the James Bond film, the regime allegedly labored with the Israeli intelligence, MOSSAD, to find and kidnap the previous minister.

The entire saga which was subsequently dubbed the Dikko Affairs allegedly concerned former Mossad brokers, Alexander Barak, Felix Abitbol, Nigerian intelligence officer, Mohammed Yusufu and Physician Lev-Arie Shapiro, who administered the anaesthetic.

Mr Dikko was kidnapped in entrance of his home at Bayswater in London, sadly for the kidnapper, the non-public secretary of Mr Dikko, Elizabeth Hayes had witnessed the grabbing and reported to the police.

Mr Dikko, who was sedated and had an endotracheal tube inserted in his throat to keep away from him choking on his vomit, was put in a crate alongside Dr Shapiro, to make sure he didn’t die in transit. Whereas the opposite two Israelis occupied the second crate.

Charles Morrow, Customized officer at Stansted Airport that foiled the kidnapping, in an interview with BBC, famous that the looks of the Nigeria Airway Booing 707 on the tarmac to choose up diplomatic baggage from the Nigerian Excessive Fee in London, raised suspicion.

Additionally, Scotland Yard had raised a warning about doable smuggling of a Nigerian exile who had been kidnapped

Moreover, the brokers did not tag the crates with the diplomatic tag in compliance with the Vienna Conference on diplomatic relations, which might have prevented the customs officers from inspecting the content material.

17 individuals concerned within the incident had been arrested, and in keeping with the Minute Home of Frequent session sighted by DAILY POST, the then Secretary of State for the House Division, Leon Brittain, stated the Nigerian authorities failed to make use of the Fugitive Offender Act, which applies to Nigeria. This implies the Nigerian authorities might have previously requested the arrest of Dikko.

Within the aftermath of the diplomatic fiasco, the Nigerian Authorities had seized the British Caledonian aircraft and two British engineers had been arrested and spent 25 months in jail for stealing a non-public jet.

The Nigerian authorities and the Israeli denied involvement within the abduction. This resulted in a breakdown of diplomatic relations for 2 years.

The authorized implication of the forceful rendition

A authorized practitioner, Rasheed Bakare, who spoke with DAILY POST, stated to argue drive rendition by Kanu’s authorized workforce can be laborious, as a result of Kanu abused the privilege of bail within the first occasion.

He acknowledged that though the workforce might method the Excessive Courtroom to file for fundamentals, the possibilities are slim.

“An important factor is that each time anybody abuses his/her bail situation, via the order the courtroom, the authority can use any means essential to return such an individual again.

“He left the nation via unlawful means. The argument of the lawyer is a no go space. Even along with his report, will probably be troublesome for him to get one other bail, as a result of he abused the privilege. The query is, who will stand for him?”

Kanu’s lawyer has additionally harped on the twin citizen standing of his shopper, and has known as for the intervention of the British Authorities.

However Mr Bakare famous that so far as the crime he’s being accused of, had been dedicated in Nigeria, his citizenship standing turns into irrelevant to the case.

“We should fall again to the structure, the structure acknowledges citizenship by delivery. Because the offence he’s being tried for was dedicated in Nigeria, he’ll nonetheless must face the legislation in Nigeria. If a British citizen ought to commit an offence in Nigeria, he might be tried.”

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