The United Kingdom Parliament has acknowledged that the Nigerian authorities has to elucidate the roles it performed and the style of the arrest of the chief of the Indigenous People 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 position in Kanu’s arrest.
Lord Alton of Liverpool raised the problem on the House of Lords, searching for to deal with the controversies surrounding the switch of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria towards his will.
He additionally sought to know if there was any help offered to the embattled IPOB chief by the High Commission in Abuja.
A parliamentary schedule acknowledged, “Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the alleged role of the government of Kenya in the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Kanu to Nigeria against his will, and (3) of any assistance being provided to him by the High Commission in Abuja. HL1665.”
In response to the parliament’s debate, Ahmad stated, “We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian Government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.”
Ahmad additionally confirmed claims by the British High Commission in Abuja that the UK authorities was offering consular help for the IPOB chief.
“The UK has requested consular access to Kanu from the Nigerian government, and we stand ready to provide consular assistance,” he maintained.
While 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.
But Kenya, by means of its excessive commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, refuted the declare, stating that the East African Country was not concerned in the entire course of.
But findings by The Guardian, a UK newspaper, indicated that he was arrested in Kenya, as Kanu’s UK passport stays in Kenya.
He was stated to have entered Kenya this yr together with his British passport on a visa expiring in June, the newspaper reported.
Also, Kingsley Kanu, a brother to the British-Nigerian citizen, insisted that the Kenyan authorities was concerned within the arrest.