IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Loses Appeal Against UK Government, Details Emerge

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Loses Appeal Against UK Government, Details Emerge

  • IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has lost his appeal against the British government to assist him out of the DSS detention
  • Kanu had filed a suit against the United Kingdom government, urging them to take definite action about his case
  • The court dismissed Kanu's case stating that the matter is still properly before Nigerian courts

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London, United Kingdom- The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has lost an appeal filed against the government of the United Kingdom (UK) concerning his detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Nigeria.

According to Premium Times, Kanu, also a British citizen, in 2022, mounted pressure on the UK government to intervene in his case with the Nigerian government.

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Loses Appeal Against UK Government/ Nnamdi Kanu loses appeal against UK government concerning his DSS detention
IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu loses appeal against UK government concerning his DSS detention. Photo Credit: Nnamdi Kanu
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Kanu had approached the courts to obtain an order to compel the British government to make public statements to condemn his detention in Nigeria as a British citizen.

The separatist leader commenced his legal battle against the UK government by filing his case at a High Court in London in 2022.

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He sued the Secretary of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) – also referred to as Foreign Secretary – as the representative of the UK government.

Kanu's case was dismissed by the court on 23 March 2023, after which he filed an appeal at the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice, in London to challenge the High Court’s decision.

In another victory for the UK government, the Court of Appeal dismissed Kanu’s appeal on 7 July.

Why IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu's case was dismissed by the UK court

The court ruled that it could not interfere in the UK government's decision on the IPOB leader’s detention and conditions in Nigeria.

The court also held that it could not force the Foreign Secretary sued by Kanu as the representative of the UK government to “reach a firm view” on the matter while the Nigerian government’s case against him was still at Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

“I consider, therefore, that it is not irrational for the Foreign Secretary to refrain from reaching a firm view while the matter is still properly before the Nigerian courts.”

The court also held that there was no procedural breach committed by the Foreign Secretary by refusing to make a public statement to condemn Kanu’s incarceration.

The judgement read:

“Here, the Respondent has given information about the steps which have been taken on Mr Kanu’s behalf and has explained why he is unwilling to make public statements. The real complaint in this case is substantive (refusal to reach a firm view) rather than procedural.”

DSS releases IPOB's Nnamdi Kanu for medical examination after court's order, lawyer shares details

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, detained the founder of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has said the separatist leader has finally undergone his medical examination at his choice facility.

Ejiofor, in a statement weekend, said Kanu went through the medical examination in an unnamed hospital in Abuja on Friday, July 28.

Nnamdi Kanu orders Biafra agitator Simon Ekpa to end sit-at-home, gives reason

Legit.ng reported that Kanu ordered Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa, to end all the sit-at-home orders in the southeast.

Kanu warned Ekpa:

“To make a public announcement to the effect that he (Ekpa) is in receipt of a direct order from him (Kanu) to cancel any pending sit-at-home in place at the moment.”

He gave the order in a handwritten letter authorised by his special counsel, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor.

Source: Legit.ng

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