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General News of Wednesday, 21 July 2021


The UK wants Buhari to explain how Nnamdi Kanu was arrested

President Muhammadu Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari

The United Kingdom has demanded answers from Nigeria about the recent arrest of the leader of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu who is a British citizen has been on the run for four years after fleeing the shores of the country in 2017.

He was reportedly arrested in Kenya, weeks before he was extradited to Nigeria on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

He was charged with 11-counts of terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms, and management of unlawful society before he faced the courts in handcuffs on June 29.

His lawyer and brother say he was maltreated by the Kenyan government before his extradition to Nigeria.

"We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu," Tariq Ahmad, a junior minister at Britain's Foreign Office, tells Reuters.

Ahmad also says the UK has requested consular access to Kanu and stands ready to provide consular assistance.

His next court date is Monday, July 26, 2021.

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