The UK Parliament has acknowledged that the Nigerian authorities has to clarify the roles it performed and the style of the arrest of the chief of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from Kenya.
The UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad, demanded that the Nigerian authorities ought to clarify to the British authorities the way it repatriated the IPOB chief.
This adopted a debate by the UK Parliament on July 7, throughout which British lawmakers mentioned the UK authorities’s evaluation of Kenya’s function in Kanu’s arrest.
Lord Alton of Liverpool raised the difficulty on the Home of Lords, searching for to deal with the controversies surrounding the switch of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria in opposition to his will.
He additionally sought to know if there was any help supplied to the embattled IPOB chief by the Excessive Fee in Abuja.
A parliamentary schedule acknowledged, “Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Authorities what evaluation they’ve made from (1) the alleged function of the federal government of Kenya within the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding the switch of Kanu to Nigeria in opposition to his will, and (3) of any help being supplied to him by the Excessive Fee in Abuja. HL1665.”
In response to the parliament’s debate, Ahmad mentioned, “We’re searching for clarification from the Nigerian Authorities in regards to the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.”
Ahmad additionally confirmed claims by the British Excessive Fee in Abuja that the UK authorities was offering consular help for the IPOB chief.
“The UK has requested consular entry to Kanu from the Nigerian authorities, and we stand prepared to supply consular help,” he maintained.
Whereas the Buhari regime has refused to reveal the way it repatriated the IPOB chief from Kenya, the UK authorities had clarified that Kanu travelling with a British passport was not arrested inside its shores.
IPOB had additionally accused Kenya’s particular police power of arresting, detaining, and torturing Kanu earlier than the authorities handed him over to the Nigerian authorities.
However Kenya, by way of its excessive commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, refuted the declare, stating that the East African Nation was not concerned in the entire course of.
However findings by The Guardian, a UK newspaper, indicated that he was arrested in Kenya, as Kanu’s UK passport stays in Kenya.
He was mentioned to have entered Kenya this yr together with his British passport on a visa expiring in June, the newspaper reported.
Additionally, Kingsley Kanu, a brother to the British-Nigerian citizen, insisted that the Kenyan authorities was concerned within the arrest.
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