Lawyers to Nigeria’s pro-Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu say they have started legal action against Nigeria and Kenya at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
They are demanding accountability from the two countries for what they allege as illegal transfer or handling-over of their client without due process of extradition.
Mr Kanu holds British citizenship and the circumstances of his extradition back to Nigeria last month are unclear. He was reportedly arrested in Kenya, but the Kenyan government denied involvement in his arrest and extradition.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers are requesting that he be taken back to Kenya as a free man and a British citizen, alleging that his arrest there was invalid without successful extradition proceedings.
Mr Kanu’s special counsel, Alloy Ejimako, said in a statement they took the matter to the African Union body because Nigeria and Kenya were both members of the charter establishing the commission.
It follows the Nigerian government’s failure to present Mr Kanu in court to continue his trial on treason and terrorism-related charges on Monday.
A federal high court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, ordered the authorities to produce him at the next court date on 21 October.