The UK has requested Nigeria’s authorities to clarify the facts surrounding Nnamdi Kanu’s detention as the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)
According to Reuters, Britain’s foreign office junior minister Tariq Ahmad said the country wants Nigeria to clarify how Kanu was detained.
“We are seeking information from the Nigerian government on the circumstances surrounding Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and detention,” he stated.
Ahmad also stated that the United Kingdom has requested consular access to Kanu and is prepared to assist him.
Kanu was detained for the first time on October 14, 2015, while campaigning for the establishment of an independent state of Biafra.
He was granted bail in April 2017 but later fled Nigeria after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia state during a military clampdown on IPOB members.
Kanu, who holds British citizenship, 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.
Although the federal government did not state where Kanu was arrested, 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.
The Kenya government, however, denied that Kanu was arrested and extradited from the country to Nigeria.