History of Aboki Buhari administration and kidnapping, criminality is part of Fulani culture whether in Government or out of government

Going down memory lane, you will recall that it was on 31st December, 1983, that General Muhammadu Buhari took over as Nigeria’s head-of-state via a military coup that banished the Second Republic led by President Shehu Shagari and jetisoned the Nigerian Constitution that birthed his department in the first case.

Recall also that six months later, on July 4, the Transport Minister under Shagari’s administration, Alhaji Umaru Dikko was kidnapped in front of his own house in Porchester Terrace, West London while the ex-politician was having a leisure walk as a man in exile, having been declared wanted on corruption charges by the then Buhari’s military Government. He was thus bundled into a waiting van by powerful but trained hands. Nigeria’s Major Mohammed Yusufu of the Nigerian Army was behind the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, inside the waiting van were three Israeli Mossad operatives or agents, namely, Levi-Arie Shapiro, Alexander Barak and Felix Abithol.

By virtue of the kidnap Dikko joined them. Also inside the van were two empty crates of sizes 1.2 × 1.2 × 1.6 metres respectively.

Dikko was dumped into one with Shapiro as company. The Israeli was a consultant anesthetist and director of the Intensive Care Unit at HaSharon Hospital. His duty was to drug Dikko, and insert an endotracheal tube to protect him from choking on his own vomit, air and saliva while being unusually transported in a crate to a distant location, Nigeria. The medium was a Nigeria Airways Boeing 707 aircraft waiting at the Stansted International Airport, London. Barak and Abithol occupied the second crate.

It was a joint operation carried out by operatives of the Israeli Mossad and that of the Nigeria Security Organization, NSO, of Nigeria.

It would have been actualised perfectly but for the observing eyes of an intelligent Dikko’s secretary; a British lady by name Elizabeth Hayes. She had witnessed the swift kidnap through the window blinds and made the right calls to the authorities. When the abduct team eventually landed in the airport to officially cargo the ‘diplomatic’ crates to Lagos, Nigeria, Scotland Yard and MI5 who were already waiting, opened the said crates against diplomatic routine and history took over.

This day, history is doing the usual ritual of repeating itself. Same Buhari, same Britain, same kidnap episode! Same show of shame in international diplomacy.

It has taken thirty eight solid years! How time flies.

This time around, a British citizen with an Igbo name, Maxi Nnamdi Kanu, was lured out of Britain to Africa. It happened in Kenya. The Nigerain Secret Service, the DSS, has undergone a complete metamorphosis over the years in terms of finesse in operations, training and nomenclature. In the same vein, Diplomatic relations and international laws and conventions have graduated in Mathematical proportions in the defense of human rights.

So, Buhari knew better than just invite the Mossad once more for a joint operation because he just could not. The Israeli Secret Police, The Mossad, still being rated as the most dreaded in God’s world would also not involve itself in another debasing act of abducting a British citizen on foreign soil whose only crime is standing firm for fundamental rights of self-determination amongst his people that he loves so much.

But somehow, Kenya a third world country cooperated. The government of the Republic of Kenya has evidently soiled its hands by aiding and abetting the illegal abduction, kidnap and extradition of a British citizen from Kenya to Nigeria, preparatory for the Buhari’s gallows in Nigeria.

At 59, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta has come of age. He is not a neophyte in the political and leadership arena either. He served as the member of parliament (MP) for Gatundu South from 2002 to 2013. He also served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2007 to 2013.

His gene is also perfect. His late father, Jomo Kenyatta was the first President of Kenya, an erstwhile freedom fighter in the Kenyan struggle for emancipation, quite in the same league as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. It could be recalled that the late Jomo Kenyatta had also benefitted from the hospitality, generosity and political asylum of Nigeria, nay Eastern Nigeria, during the days of Nnamdi Azikiwe as President of Nigeria. Meanwhile, President Nnamdi Azikiwe is like a tribal father of Maxi Nnamdi Kanu having come from the same religious, ethnic and geographical backgrounds, locations and dissent.

Therefore, Muigai Kenyatta knew or should have known exactly the crimes he was committing, getting his country mixed up with the political mess of dehumanising Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, IPOB, like a common Kenyan criminal.

Despite his initial government’s fibble attempt at denial of any complicity in the whole saga, the British High Commission has come calling for their own citizen. And leading the charge is a very capable law firm in the name of Bindmans. Kanu’s UK-based lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor is already in Nigeria, shuffling around, filing papers, distributing forms to the DSS and generally talking tough. From the look of the very confident-talking legal man, he’ll certainly act tough too.

He is starting with tying up the Nigerain and Kenyan governments legally with joint acts of extraordinary rendition.

He calls it trial within trial. Nigeria and Kenya perpetrated criminal acts in extreme disregard to international laws and conventions, indicated Ejimakor. Hence, Kanu should first of all be released and flown back to the UK, his nationality, before any other matter is entertained regarding the British citizen. He insists there will be no trial in Nigeria.

Quoting him, “if an individual abducts or violently seizes another individual, it is kidnap, a criminal offence. In some jurisdictions it is a capital offence. When a state or nation does that it is called Extraordinary Rendition.

“If you renditioned a suspect you have lost the jurisdiction to try the suspect because you committed an international crime. He who goes to Equity must go with clean hands. You broke your own laws, you broke the laws of the third state from whose territory or domain you renditioned that individual and you broke the laws of the second state that owns the nationality of that individual.

“That is what is playing out here. We have three different but also compliant jurisdictions – those of Nigeria, Kenya and the UK. Their laws all prohibit extraordinary rendition.”

Like in the case of Umoru Dikko, Buhari seems to have committed yet another international blunder in his penchant to do things the Hollywood or Nollywood style. And like the Dikko case, which attracted heavy sanctions from the British Government against Nigeria, the re-arrest of the IPOB leader may land Nigeria and Kenya in international trouble and disrepute.

As it stands, Kanu’s re-arrest is already generating positive attention in his favour and, as things unfold, may end up as the best positive publicity ‘stunt’ for the IPOB cause. Copied

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Simon Ekpa

Simon Ekpa LL.M (Master of Laws) is a human rights activist, CEO, senior legal advisor at Ekpa & Co Oy, legal researcher, author, analyst, Finnish politician, Biafra agitator and a Finnish Military reserve.
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