The British hovernment has approached the federal government to seek clarification on the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Dean Hurlock, a spokesperson of the British High Commission, who disclosed this on Wednesday, said London was “in the process of seeking clarification”
Kanu, who is also a British citizen, was arrested on Sunday and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for alleged treason.
Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), said on Tuesday that the IPOB leader was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services.”
He did not disclose the location of the separatist leader was arrest, but GreenWhiteGreen gathered that Kanu, who is based in the UK, was lured to an African country with a promise of cash donations and was then picked up.
However, Hurlock said the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office “stands ready to provide consular assistance” regarding the matter.
“The British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest,” TheCable quoted Hurlock to have said.
He added that the UK “would expect any trial or legal proceedings to follow due process” as Kanu’s prosecution resumes.
Kanu was first arrested on October 14, 2015, following years of his campaign for the sovereign state of Biafra.
He was granted bail in April 2017 but fled Nigeria later that year after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia state during a military clampdown on IPOB members.
For almost four years after he fled the country, the separatist leader directed the affairs of IPOB from his UK where he was based.
He ran Radio Biafra, the group’s radio station with which he often engages in fierce monologues preaching his separatist cause.