By Salim Yunusa
In another development, the Igbo Lawyers Association, ILA, has said it is mobilizing other lawyers to work with Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to ensure he gets the best legal representation in his ongoing trial.
Kanu who was recently re-arrested by the Nigerian government is scheduled to be in court on July 26, 2021, for the continuation of his trial
Briefing the media in Aba, chairman of the Association, Chief Chuks Muomah, SAN, who was represented by Chief Ukpai Ukairo, condemned the illegal manner in which Kanu was intercepted and brought to Nigeria.
The association called on the British government to investigate the illegality to ascertain how the IPOB Leader was moved from Kenya to Nigeria.
The group stated that one of its major objectives is to fight and protect the justifiable course of the Igbo man to fairness, justice and equity in Nigeria, stressing that it will henceforth, interface with all pro-Igbo organizations including the World Igbo Congress, WIC, for the attainment of the objectives.
“We’re calling on the British government to interrogate the interception of a British citizen, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya and the subsequent detention in Nigeria.
“We are doing this because we want the British government to ensure the reversal of the illegality of that interception.
“We are also giving notice that Igbo Lawyers Association is mobilizing lawyers from across the globe to put up the best defence available under municipal and international law in defence of the rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“This is because we stand on the pedestal that there must be a fair trial within the prism of settled international guidelines to ensure justice. We’re already in touch with Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor and he’s aware.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation used the word interception and not arrest because he knows that what happened cannot come under the definition of an arrest.
“An interception is a kidnap and abduction. Having intercepted him, brought him to court, what we are saying is that all tenets of justice must be observed,” the Association said.