Crime and Security

Nigeria must explain arrest, extradition of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu- UK

Nigeria must explain arrest, extradition of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu- UK



The United Kingdom has insisted that the Nigerian government must explain the circumstances surrounding the arrest of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

Junior minister at Britain’s foreign office Tariq Ahmad, who made the disclosure to the media said the UK wants Nigeria to explain how Kanu was arrested.

“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” he said.

Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stands ready to provide consular assistance.

Kanu, arrowhead for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra, was first arrested on October 14, 2015.

In April 2017, he was granted bail but later fled Nigeria after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia state during a military clampdown on IPOB members.

Kanu, a British citizen, was mostly in the UK after he fled Nigeria. But he was arrested in June and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for treasonable felony.

Kingsley Kanu, Kanu’s brother alleged that the IPOB leader was arrested in Kenya and handed over to Nigerian authorities who then brought him back to Nigeria, although the federal government did not state where Kanu was arrested.

However, the Kenya government denied that Kanu was arrested and extradited from the country to Nigeria.

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