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British High Commission ‘in talks’ with FG over Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest

By Doma Awugosi

The British High Commission in Nigeria say it is “in the process of seeking clarification” from the Nigerian Government over the arrest of the leader the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB Nnamdi Kanu.

This was made known in a message from the high commission spokesperson Dean Hurlock sent to TheCable on Wednesday June 30, 2021.

Kanu a holder of Nigerian and British passports was said to have been arrested in Kenya on Sunday and brought back to Nigeria to continue his trial on allegations of treason, terrorism and other sundry charges.

 

Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), said on Tuesday that the IPOB leader was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services.”

He did not state where the IPOB leader was arrested, but his brother said that Kanu, who is based in the UK, was lured to Kenya with a promise of cash donations and was then picked up from there by the Nigerian authorities.

In the message shared with TheCable, Hurlock said the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office “stands ready to provide consular assistance” regarding the matter.

“The British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest,” he said.

He added that the UK “would expect any trial or legal proceedings to follow due process” as Kanu’s prosecution resumes.

Kanu was first arrested on October 14, 2015, following years of his campaign for the sovereign state of Biafra.

He was later granted bail in April 2017 but fled Nigeria later that year after soldiers invaded his residence in Afara-Ukwu in Abia state during a military clampdown on IPOB members.

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For almost four years after he fled the country, the separatist leader piloted the affairs of IPOB from abroad.

He was mostly in the UK from where he runs Radio Biafra, the group’s radio station with which he often engages in fierce monologues preaching his separatist cause.

Following his re-arrest, the federal government took him to the federal high court in Abuja Tuesday where a judge granted the Department of State Services (DSS) order to remand him in their custody until July 26 when his trial will continue.

IPOB in a statement released on Tuesday said Kanu’s arrest is “not the end of the road” in the groups’ quest for Biafra.

“IPOB will not relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom. We have crossed the Rubicon in our struggle for the restoration of Biafran Sovereignty. There is no going back no matter the level of intimidation by our oppressors,” Emma Powerful, the group’s spokesperson, had said.

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