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Reuters has reported that the UK has asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People OF Biafra, who also holds British citizenship, was arrested.

This is coming after it was reported that the separatist’s lawyer had alleged Kanu was mistreated in Kenya before being repatriated back to Nigeria.

Kanu had been on the run after jumping bail four years ago, and Justice Nyako of Abuja Federal High court had revoked his bail and ordered his arrest. Kanu reappeared about a year later in Israel, and later in the UK, and had been spitting venom against the Nigerian government using his British-based internet radio Biafra. Kanu leads a secessionist group called Biafrans which is campaigning to opt-out of Nigeria. He was brought back to Abuja high court on June 29 to come and continue his trial.

According to Reuters, a junior minister at Britain’s Foreign Office, Tariq Ahmad had said the UK had requested consular access to Kanu and stood ready to provide him with consular assistance. The minister was quoted as saying “We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.”

The Nigerian government has remained silent about how and where Kanu was arrested, and Kenyan authorities have also refuted the claim he was arrested on her soil.

Kanu faces 11 count charges including treason, terrorism, and illegal possession of firearms and Justice Binta Nyako has ordered Nnamdi Kanu to be remanded in prison until July 26 2021 for the continuation of his trial.

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