UK to FG: Explain circumstances of Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest
Kanu’s kinsmen remind Buhari that your nepotism stimulates personal determination. The United Kingdom (UK) has been asked to explain how and where the separatist leader, who holds British citizenship, was arressed following the alleged abduction by the leader of the indigenous population of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and his alleged surrender to Nigeria and continued detention by the Department of State Service, DSS.
This happened as the kinsmen of the IPOB rearrested leader stated that President Muhamnadu Buhari had fueled a resurgent agitation for self-determination in areas of the country through skewed designs for his Fulani and northern kinsmen. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lawyer, stated that his client had been arrested and abused in Kenya before being returned to Nigeria, Reuters reported. Kanu, the leading indigenous people of Biafra, the IPOB agitated for the Biafra secession, was off the streets four years after an attack on his home country in Afra-Ukwu, by the security forces in the State of Abia, and warned that he would be put on trial in Abuja on June 29. The British Foreign Office Junior Minister Tariq Ahmad said: “This is a call for the Nigerian Government to clarify the circumstances of the arrest and incarceration of Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu was arrested as Kenyan envoy to Nigeria declined the involvement of its country, but it was not an issue for Nigerian officials. However, Ahmad answered a question from the legislator on Kanu’s case and said that the UK asked for consular access to Kanu and was prepared to offer consular help.
Yesterday, a spokesperson for Nigeria’s State Service, the Nigeria security agency which is holding Kanu, could not be reached for comments. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, claims he was seized by Kenya’s special police team and imprisoned for eight days before being handed over to Nigerian authorities. Chief Obioma Ebeogu and Chief Benjamin Ohaeri were President of Isiama Afaraukwu Development Union, Umewaaia north council of Abia State. Requests in our correspondent’s interview.
Chief Obioma, who spoke in the aftermath of Kanu’s reported “kidnapping from Kenya and extraordinary surrendering to Nigeria,” stressed his son had not do any crime but simply complained of his people’s marginalization He said that many people wouldn’t bother to seek independence from Nigerian if President Buhari had given a sense of belonging, particularly to Ndigbo in his political appointments. Obioma claimed that this is why there is a growing demand for self autonomy by different sectors of the country because of a flaring gaps in political division and other appointments by the Buhari-led government. The PG encouraged President Buhari to consider, rather than arrest, the problems presented by Kanu and other autonomy advocates. Kanu’s family members who expressed concern over his health appealed Access to his personal doctors is granted by the federal government. “This self-determination agitation is never a crime,” they added, “to stop treating Kanu like a common criminal.” The kinsmen of the IPOB’s leader have called on Buhari to stop seeing him as a terrorist, but as a heroic liberty fighter who seeks his people’s good. Like the Blacks’ emancipation of America, he is a terrorist. “The Martin Luther struggle for his people’s liberty is like our son. It should be released by the federal government in order to deal with the difficulties it raises.’
They also called for unrestricted access to him to Kanu’s family. The relatives also urged the President to take over the State Services Department, DSS, to enable Kanu to sign an application for United Kingdom consular services and diplomatic support. They claimed it was a major violation of his fundamental rights to stop the leader of IPOB signing an application as alleged by his lawyer.