The British Parliament said the way and manner in which Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, was again arrested in Kenya and extradited must be explained by the Nigerian government.
Lord Tariq Ahmad, British Minister of State for the Commonwealth of Nations, demanded that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari explain to the British government how he repatriated Kanu.
The decision follows a July 7, 2021 debate in Parliament, in which lawmakers discussed the UK government’s assessment of Kenya’s role in the case.
The issue was brought to the House of Lords by Lord Alton (Liverpool), who sought to resolve the controversies surrounding the transfer of the leader of the IPOB from the East African country to Nigeria against his will.
The lawmaker also inquired whether the high commission in Abuja provided assistance to Kanu.
A parliamentary calendar read: “Lord Alton of Liverpool will ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment he made of the (1) alleged role of the Government of Kenya in the detention and alleged ill-treatment of Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding Kanu’s relocation to Nigeria against his will, and (3) any assistance provided to him by the high commission in Abuja. HL1665.
In response, Tariq Ahmad said: “We seek clarification from the Nigerian government on the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.
In addition, the minister confirmed previous reports that his country would provide consular assistance to the head of IPOB.
“The UK has requested consular access to Kanu from the Nigerian government, and we are ready to provide consular assistance,” he said.
The Buhari government has yet to tell the Nigerians how the leader of the IPOB was arrested and repatriated to Nigeria.
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