The UK Parliament has compelled the Nigerian Government to explain how the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in Kenya and extradited to the country.
The UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad, called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to explain to the British Government how it repatriated Kanu.
This is coming after a debate on the floor of the Parliament on July 7, during which the lawmakers discussed the UK government’s assessment of Kenya’s role in the matter.
The issue was brought to the House of Lords by Lord Alton (Liverpool), who sought to address the controversies surrounding the transfer of the IPOB leader from the East African country to Nigeria against his will.
The lawmaker also sought to know if the High Commission in Abuja has provided any assistance to Kanu.
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