The UK Parliament has demanded that the Nigerian government explain how Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was re-arrested in Kenya and extradited.
Lord Tariq Ahmad, the UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, has requested that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government explain how Kanu was returned to the UK.
The decision came after a debate on the floor of the House of Commons on July 7, 2021, during which legislators addressed the UK government’s judgment of Kenya’s role in the matter.
Lord Alton (Liverpool) raised the subject in the House of Lords, seeking to clarify the controversies surrounding the relocation of the IPOB leader from East Africa to Nigeria against his will.
The legislator also wanted to know if Kanu has received any support from the Nigerian High Commission in Abuja.
A parliamentary schedule stated, “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, Tariq Ahmad said, “We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian Government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.”
Furthermore, the Minister confirmed earlier reports about his country providing consular assistance for the IPOB leader.
“The UK has requested consular access to Kanu from the Nigerian government, and we stand ready to provide consular assistance,” he said.
The Buhari government is yet to tell Nigerians how the IPOB leader was arrested and repatriated to Nigeria.