British High Commission speaks on Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest

By Iyke Njoku

The British High Commission has on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, spoken on the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Dean Hurlock, a spokesperson of the British High Commission, told TheCable that while they can confirm Kanu’s arrest, he was not picked up in the UK where he is based.

Recall that Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, had told journalists on Tuesday June 29, 2021, in Abuja that Kanu was intercepted on Sunday, June 27, 2021, due to “the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services and the interpole”.

According to Hurlock, “Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested in the UK for extradition purposes.”


Kanu who holds both Nigerian and British passports has been residing in the UK since 2017 when he escaped from Nigeria after the Nigerian invaded his home Afara-Ukwu near Umuahia, Abia State, during military’s ‘Operation Python Dance II’ staged to quell agitation for Biafra Republic in September 2017.

The IPOB leader who according to the AGF was intercepted by the Nigerian security forces and repatriated to Nigeria on Sunday on Tuesday appeared before Justice Binta Nyako to continue standing trial in his 11 count charge of treasonable felony, terrorism, illegal possession of firearms.

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