The uk Government has asked the federal to elucidate the circumstances surrounding the arrest and detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The charge was made known by the Spokesperson of British High Commission , Jane Hudson-Odoi, at an appointment yesterday in Abuja.
She was responding to an issue on why the govt would cooperate with Nigeria while there’s a disagreement over Kanu’s detention by the Federal.
Sequel to the alleged abduction of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya and his alleged rendition to Nigeria and continued detention by the Department of State Service, DSS, the uk (UK) has asked Nigeria to elucidate where and the way the separatist leader who holds British citizenship was arrested.
This came because the kinsmen of the re-arrested leader of IPOB have claimed that President Muhamnadu Buhari’s lopsided appointments in favour of his Fulani and Northern kinsmen is fuelling the renewed agitation for self determination in parts of the country.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had alleged that his client was detained and maltreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria, Reuters has reported.
Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who has been agitating for secession of Biafra was on the run outside Nigeria for four years following attack on his country home at Afra-Ukwu, in Abia State by security forces until he was delivered to court in Abuja on Saints Peter and Paul and told he would face trial.
“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” said Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain’s ministry .”
The Nigerian authorities have refused to mention where Kanu was arrested, while Kenya’s ambassador to Nigeria has denied his country was involved.
But responding to an issue about Kanu’s case from a lawmaker, Ahmad said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stood able to provide consular assistance.
A spokesman for Nigeria’s Department of State Service, the safety agency that’s holding Kanu, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment yesterday, a public holiday in Nigeria.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, alleged he was abducted by Kenya’s special police and held for eight days before being handed over to Nigerian authorities.
President General of Isiama Afaraukwu Development Union, Umuahia North Council of Abia State, Chief Obioma Ebeogu; and his Vice, Chief Benjamin Ohaeri, made the claims in an interview with our Correspondent.
Chief Obioma who spoke on the heels of Kanu’s alleged “abduction from Kenya and extraordinary rendition to Nigeria”, insisted that their son commited no crime but was only complaining of the marginalisation of his people.
He argued that if President Buhari had given a way of belonging to other tribes particularly Ndigbo in his political appointments, many of us wouldn’t bother to hunt independence from Nigeria.
Obioma argued that the glaring disparity in distribution of political offices and other appointments by the Buhari-led administation is that the reason the agitation for self autonomy by different sections of the country is on the rise .
The PG urged President Buhari to rather consider the problems raised by Kanu and other self autonomy proponents rather than clamping them into detention.
Kanu’s kinsmen who raised concern over his health condition appealed to the federal to grant him access to his personal physicians.
They said that “agitation for self determination isn’t a criminal offense ,” and told the federal “to stop treating Kanu as a standard criminal.”
Likening Kanu to Luther King Jr who vigorously fought for the emancipation of the Blacks in America, the IPOB’s leader’s kinsmen urged Buhari to prevent seeing him as a terrorist but a heroic insurgent seeking the great of his people.
“Our son is like Luther fighting for the liberation of his people. The federal should release him and have interaction him with a view to addressing the the problems he’s raising”.
They further demanded that Kanu’s family should be granted unfettered access to him.
The kinsmen also urged the President to prevail on the Department of State Services, DSS, to permit Kanu sign the request for consular services and diplomatic assistance by the uk . They said preventing the IPOB leader from signing such request as alleged by his lawyer constituted to an enormous infringement on his fundamental rights.Reacting to questions from journalists on Tuesday, Ladoja said arresting Igboho and Kanu wouldn’t end the agitation for self-determination across the country.
He added that their agitations were a results of the government’s failure to tackle insecurity within the country, which he said had escalated.He said: “I want to appeal to the federal to grant Igboho and Kanu amnesty, even as a number of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents got amnesty.
“Igboho and Kanu are creation of the federal . Why? Because whenever they arrested herdsmen, who were killing their people, federal never acts.
“That was why those two people came up to defend their people.
“Boko Haram members that were arrested a year ago by the govt are released to the Borno government .“The federal created Sunday Igboho within the context of Igangan massacre. People are agitating for what they believe . they ought to be treated with care, and not as criminals.
“Yoruba leaders, including the Alaafin of Oyo, are complaining about the atrocities committed by Fulani herdsmen without response from the federal .
“Order would come from above to release them which is why people resorted to self-help.
“It is during this process that Igboho was created thanks to the killings that had been happening in Ibarapa axis and no-one has been arrested. albeit they were arrested, they’re going to be released.
“Arrest of Igboho won’t change anything if government did not do the needful. Many Igbohos are going to be created. a bit like Kanu has become an acclaimed leader, and to some people, Igboho has also become a pacesetter .
“If caution isn’t taken by the