US, UK declines Kanu’s request as observers at trial

US, UK declines Kanu’s request as observers at trial

THE United States Government and the British Government have successfully turned down a request by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to send representatives to observe the his trial holding at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division on January 18, 19, and 20.

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The US stated that it was limiting its employees from attend in public gatherings, the UK also went further to say that they don’t attend court case involving a British national.

This was made known by the US Embassy and the British High Commission as it was said in separate response to inquires from punch on Friday.

Nnamdu Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor wrote to the US and UK missions in Nigeria on wednesday, stating that their presence will ensure fair hearing of his client.

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Part of the letter reads;

 “May we, gratefully, please, request you to send representative(s) to observe the proceedings of the court on those adjourned dates and on any other date to which further proceedings in the case may be adjourned until the matter is disposed of.

 

“The need to ensure that our client is given a fair trial has compelled us to make this request. The instant request is compelling in the circumstance, to ensure that the whole process of our client’s trial is fair and just in all circumstances. It must be remembered that his purported indictment on criminal charges has a political undercurrent.”

The US mission made it known that they won’t be attending. In their words;

“The US Mission Nigeria is following the trial of Nnamdi Kanu closely. The US Department of State is limiting employees from attending public gatherings.”

On the other hand, the british government stated;

 “The FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) would not normally attend a court case involving a British national, but where we do consider it appropriate to attend, our consular staff would do so in an observational capacity only.”

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