More Legal Trouble For Buhari, UK Govt Takes Over Kanu’s Case, As 2 Policemen, 3 Others Risk Death Sentence Over Kidnap In Akwa Ibom
There is more Legal trouble looming over the air in the Nigerian presidency, as UK government embarks on a journey to take over the Nnamdi Kanu case.
This is obviously, following the re-arrest and extradition of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The twist of fate of the APC led government is apparently a preceived trouble for President Mohammadu Buhari.
Reportedly, Aloy Ejimakor, (Esq.) Kanu’s Lawyer had on Wednesday, delivered two forms to latter, when he visited him at the office of the Department of State Services (DSS), where he is currently being detained.
It was gathered that the High Commission, alongside Bindmans, a law firm in London, have requested the consent of Nnamdi Kanu to take over his case.
Lawyer Ejimakor who spoke to newsmen, hinted that the new development would in no doubts, open up a new chapter in Kanu’s trial.
He disclosed that the Nigerian government would be served with a summons to convey Kanu, a British citizen to the United Kingdom, where a new case would be tried regarding the process in which he was returned to Nigeria.
“I went to visit him on Wednesday and went with two forms. One was the consular consent form that the British High Commission required that he signs to consent to consular assistance. There was also a form from his counsel in the UK. The firm is known as Bindmans, one of the largest law firms in the UK.
“The forms will open a whole new chapter of legality, including the filing of a Writ of Mandamus, against the Nigerian government in a UK court to compel it to produce Kanu, because his detention is illegal under the British law. It was an extraordinary rendition, which is an international crime by which a state kidnaps a suspect or a fugitive without the due process of law.
“They will be filing all these processes in the UK and there is a prospect of a UK court assuming universal jurisdiction or extraterritorial jurisdiction and reaching into Kenya so that they can arrest every Kenyan official, either authorised or not and every Nigerian official involved in this case.”
According to the lawyer of the pro-Biafra activist, the DSS collected the forms, saying they must first go through the vetting of its legal unit.
Ejimakor stated that he had yet to be contacted by the DSS despite being told that he would collect them on Thursday.
Akwa Ibom High Court Sentences 2 Fake Policemen, 3 Others To Death Over Kidnap Of Muhammed Umar
The Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene local government area of the state on Friday sentenced two dismissed police officers and three others to death for kidnapping in the state for kidnapping an Uyo based cattle dealer, one Muhammed Umar Barkindo.
The court presided over by justice Eno Isangedighi held that the accused were guilty of the offence.
Isangedighi in her ruling said, “the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubts and found the accused guilty of conspiracy and kidnapping Alhaji Muhammad Umar Barkindo on 25th November 2011, an offence punishable by death in Section one subsection two of Akwa Ibom State Internal Security and Enforcement Law 2009″.
Meanwhile, Justice Isangedighi prayed God to have mercy upon the souls of the condemned kidnappers”.
According to reliable information, the condemned Police officers were Corporal Friday Udo, a native of Ikot Inyang in Oruk Anam Local Government Area and Corporal Saturday Okorie of Ikot Etenge also in Oruk Anam who have since been dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force.
Others condemned to death were Walter Jack Udo, a native of Iwok Nsit in Nsit Atai, Udo Moses Akpaetuk of Ikot Ada Idem, Ibiono Ibom and Udo Okon Etim from Ikot Asua in Nsit Atai whose house was used to imprison the victim while demanding one hundred million Naira ransom.
The judgement laid to rest the 10 years trial of the 8-man squad who were also linked to the kidnap of a medical expert at the University of Uyo, Dr. Ini Enang in August 2011, a case in which the Court discharged and acquitted the accused over the want of evidence.
However, the three other accused died in the course of their trial with their names struck out by the Court.