July 21, (THEWILL) – The United Kingdom (UK) has asked Nigeria to explain where and how the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was arrested.
“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, Junior Minister at Britain’s Foreign Office.
Responding to a question about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide consular assistance.
Kanu currently holds dual citizenship as a Nigerian and Briton.
The Nigerian authorities have refused to say where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s Ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved.
Spokesman for the Department of State Services (DSS), Peter Afunanya, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Kanu faces 11 charges including treason, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms.
His case is due to resume in court in Abuja next week.