Emerging report on Tuesday, indicates that the United Kingdom, UK, Parliament, has stated that the government of Kenya must explain its role in the arrest and transfer of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to Nigeria.
The UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad, made this known.
This followed a debate by the UK Parliament, on July 7, during which British Lawmakers discussed the UK government’s assessment of Kenya’s role in Kanu’s arrest.
Lord Alton of Liverpool raised the issue at the House of Lords, seeking to address the controversies surrounding the transfer of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria against his will.
He also sought to know if there is any assistance being provided to the IPOB Leader by the British High Commission, in Abuja.
A Parliamentary Schedule stated: “Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the alleged role of the government of Kenya in the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Kanu to Nigeria against his will, and (3) of any assistance being provided to him by the High Commission in Abuja. HL1665.”
In response to the Parliament’s debate, Ahmad said: “We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian Government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.”
Ahmad also confirmed claims by the British High Commission, in Abuja, that the UK government is providing Consular Assistance to the IPOB Leader, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Security Services, DSS.
He added: “The UK has requested Consular access to Kanu from the Nigerian government, and we stand ready to provide Consular Assistance.”
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