Bindmans LLP, a UK law firm has called on the ministers of the British government to take action regarding the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu’s alleged mistreatment in DSS detention.
According to a statement on the firm’s site, Bindmans LLP say it was instructed by the family of Kanu to “raise urgent concerns with ministers about his detention in conditions which amount to torture.”
The UK law firm said it had raised concerns with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and by Kanu’s legal representatives in Nigeria with the local authorities and courts.
The statement notes that “neither government has disputed that Kanu is being detained in these conditions.”
A Solicitor at Bindmans LLP, Shirin Marker, said;
“The British government has a firm and explicit policy on condemning and seeking to end torture and mistreatment. That policy sets out a range of actions open to the UK authorities when an individual with British nationality is subject to torture abroad. There is no dispute that Mr Kanu is being tortured.
“It is essential, therefore, that the FCDO steps up its efforts to assist him and stop his torture imminently. To do otherwise would be inconsistent with the UK’s obligations under international law and the principles of its policy. We have made detailed representations to the FCDO on its legal obligations through its lawyers, and expect a prompt response on what action will now be taken.”