The United Kingdom says it is seeking clarification from Nigeria on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Kanu, who holds British citizenship, was arrested in June and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for treasonable felony.
Although the federal government did not state where Kanu was arrested, Kingsley Kanu, Kanu’s brother alleged that the separatist leader was arrested in Kenya and “handed over to Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria”.
The Kenya government, however, denied the claim that Kanu was arrested and extradited from the country to Nigeria.
According to Reuters, Tariq Ahmad, junior minister at Britain’s foreign office, says the UK wants Nigeria to explain how Kanu was arrested.
“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” he said.
Ahmad also said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stands ready to provide consular assistance.