According to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, the British authorities have rendered consular assistance to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and dual citizen, Nnamdi Kanu.
Prior to now, the Department of State Services (DSS) did not bring Nnamdi Kanu before the Federal High Court on Monday, before Justice Binta Nyako, so as to continue his ongoing trial bordering on terrorism and other charges.
As a result of the consular assistance, the case was adjourn till the 21st of October. The IPOB leader’s absence sparked a lot of criticisms and anxieties.
While speaking on Arise TV, the British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing stated the IPOB leader has received Consular support of the British government, as he is also a British citizen.
The British High Commissioner stated, “We have offered all necessary Consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu as a British national. No, I cannot say anything about the case, but we have rendered Consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu.”
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, disclosed during the Arise TV interview that operatives of the DSS harassed his colleague during their visit to their client in their custody.
He made this known while making reference to the application filed that the DSS should transfer Kanu to the prison custody as regarded by law.
“He should have access to his lawyers. And prison custody is the place recognized by law. The DSS told us initially that they were holding him for interrogation. Now, we are being restricted from seeing him in DSS custody.
“We are not comfortable with him being detained in the DSS custody because that’s not the place to be. We cannot effectively defend him while in DSS custody.
“One of my colleagues was even harassed when we visited him in their (DSS) custody. But, we didn’t disclose this. I’m making this thing public for the world to know.”