Crime

UK Queries FG Over Legality of Nnamdi Kanu’s Arrest, Extradition

The British government has said it will seek clarification from the Federal Government of Nigeria on the circumstances and legality of the re-arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

According to The Punch, this was revealed by the Head of Communications, British High Commission, Mr Dean Hurlock, while responding to enquiries from Newsmen.

Hurlock said the UK was in the process of seeking explanations from the Federal Government on the circumstances surrounding Kanu’s re-arrest and extradition.

Recall that Kanu, who is facing trial for treasonable felony, jumped bail in 2017 and fled the country when soldiers attacked his parents’ residence at Afaraukwu, Abia State.

On Tuesday, he was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, two days after he was arrested and extradited to the country.

He is still being remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services by the Federal High Court.

The UK, which had on Tuesday said Kanu, who is also a British citizen, was not arrested within its territory, made further clarifications on Wednesday.

Responding to enquiries from ThePunch on the legality of Kanu’s arrest and extradition, the Head of Communications, British High Commission, Hurlock, on Wednesday reiterated that the IPOB leader was not arrested or extradited from the UK.

Hurlock said, “In response to any queries on whether Nnamdi Kanu was extradited from the UK, we can reaffirm that Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested in the UK nor was he extradited from the UK.

“With regards to any questions about the possible legality of his arrest, the British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest.”

Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the detained IPOB leader, said members of the legal team had formally applied to the Department of State Service to allow them access to their client.

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