Lawyers of Bindmans LLP and the entire Law firm has raised concerns over the torture and starvation being given to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, th leader of IPOB who is in the custody of Nigeria’s secret police, DSS.
The firm called on the ministers of the UK government to take immediate actions towards putting an end to the torture and other inhuman treatements Nnamdi Kanu is being subjected to.
Bindmans LLP made this call through a publication at the company’s website following an instruction they received from Nnamdi Kanu’s family, who’s brother visited earlier this week in detention and exposed that the DSS are still starving Kanu food and disobeying all of courts order to the DSS to make Nnamdi Kanu as comfortable as possible.
Bindmans LLP who was instructed by the Kanu family to “raise urgent concerns with ministers about his detention in conditions which amount to torture,” did so by raising concerns with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and by Kanu’s legal representatives in Nigeria with the local authorities and courts.
It notes that “neither government has disputed that Mr Kanu is being detained in these conditions.” A Solicitor at Bindmans LLP, Shirin Marker, who represents Kanu’s family was quoted in the statement as saying,
“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.”