The British High Commission has cleared air on the insinuations that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was arrested in the United Kingdom. Dean Hurlock, a spokesperson of the British High Commission, on Tuesday stated that Nnamdi Kanu was neither arrested nor extradited from the UK.
According to his words; “We can confirm that Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested in the UK for extradition purposes,” he stated. Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had disclosed on Tuesday that Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on Sunday 27th June 2021. According to him, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.
Nnamdi Kanu who is a dual citizen of both Nigeria and Britain was rumoured to have been arrested in the UK where he was believed to have been staying since his escape from the country in 2017. There are claims that he was arrested in one of the African countries.
However, the British High Commission has said it will engage the Nigerian Government over the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Dean Hurlock, a spokesperson of the British High Commission, disclosed that the commission is in the process of seeking clarification from the federal government over Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest.
In the message, Dean Hurlock said the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office stands ready to provide consular assistance to IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB leader, who has a British passport was arrested by Nigerian security agents and extradited to Nigeria on Sunday 27th June 2021.
Nnamdi Kanu was extradited to continue his trial before Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. The IPOB leader is facing trial for committing treason.
Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Emmanuel Kanu had disclosed that the IPOB leader was picked up in Kenya over the weekend and extradited to Nigeria.