NIGERIA — Following mounting pressure from countries seeking clarification on the arrest of separist leader Nmadu Kanu, the Nigerian government has refused to disclose details on the circumstances of his arrest.
Kanu who is a dual citizen of both Nigeria and the UK is said to have been arrested in London; claims which the UK has refuted.
“We can reaffirm that Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested in the UK nor was he extradited from the UK.
“With regards to any questions about the possible legality of his arrest, the British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest.” Said Dean Hurlock, the Head of Communications of the British High Commission in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed has said that Kanu’s arrest took combined efforts of various countries to whom Nigeria will honour their obligations.
“The re-arrest was made possible by the diligent efforts of our security and intelligence agencies, in collaboration with countries with which we have obligations. We continue to respect and honour the obligations,” said the minister.
Various countries including the UK, Czech, Kenya, Ethiopia and Brazil have been accused of being involved in Kanu’s arrest.
His brother Kingsley Kanu however says that the rebel leader was arrested in Kenya.
My brother has been subject to extraordinary rendition by Kenya and Nigeria. They have violated the most basic principles of the rule of law.
“Extraordinary rendition is one of the most serious crimes states can commit. Both Nigeria and Kenya must be held to account. I demand justice for my brother, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kenya has however said it will seek clarification from Nigeria on Kanu’s arrest.
Kanu who faces charges multiple charges of terrorism, treasonable felony and managing an illegal corporation fled to London in 2017 after jumping bail.
Other charges include, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods among others.
Kanu’s prosecution is a continuation of his initial trial before he jumped bail.