Kenya should follow rules on extradition

In Summary

• In June, Biafran activist Nnamdi Kanu was extradited to Nigeria from JKIA without due process

• In June, the nephew of cleric Fethullah Gulen was kidnapped in Nairobi and extradited to Turkey

Nigerian Nnamdi Kanu
Nigerian Nnamdi Kanu
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On June 19, Biafran activist Nnamdi Kanu drove to JKIA to meet a visitor He never returned. On June 29, the Nigerian Attorney General announced that Kanu had been extradited to Abuja.

Kanu, a British citizen, had been staying in Kileleshwa. Clearly he was 'renditioned' to Nigeria with the assistance of the Kenya security services. His British passport remained in his apartment.

Now his brother Kingsley Kanu has filed a suit in the Kenya court through Luchiri and Co Advocates demanding to know who authorised the extradition and for it to be declared unconstitutional.

In June, Fethullah Gulen's nephew was illegally extradited to Turkey.

Kenya should always follow due process in extradition cases. That is why Chris Okemo and Samuel Gichuru have not yet been extradited to Jersey to face charges of money laundering. Why did that not happen in Kanu's case?

Obviously Kanu has been a thorn in the side of Nigeria. He has been agitating for a referendum for the independence of Biafra. No state wants to contemplate the possibility of its break-up. 

But that does not mean that the law should be ignored or broken. It may be too late to get Kanu back but let us follow the rules in future.

Quote of the day: "A silent idea is louder than spoken words."

Agostinho Neto
The first President of Angola was born on September 17, 1922