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The United Kingdom Parliament is scheduled to probe the circumstances surrounding the repatriation of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, from Kenya to Nigeria today (Wednesday).
Earlier, the British government had stated that Kanu who was travelling with a British passport, was not arrested within its territory.
IPOB had accused the President Muhammadu Buhari administration of complicity in the abduction of its leader in Kenya, a claim echoed by Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who accused Kenya’s special police force of arresting and torturing him before he was transferred to the Nigerian government.
However, the claims were debunked by Kenya High Commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, claiming Kanu was not arrested in the country.
In its reaction, the UK Parliament in a schedule posted on its website said it will set aside a debate on Wednesday, July 7, to discuss the British government’s assessment of Kenya’s role in Mr. Kanu’s arrest.
According to the document, Lord Alton of Liverpool will be raising the issue at the House of Lords and will query the government on the separatist leader’s transfer to Nigeria.
The document read, “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 Mr. Kanu to Nigeria against his will, and (3) of any assistance being provided to him by the High Commission in Abuja. HL1665.”
This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.
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