UK parliament to debate Nnamdi Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria

July 6, 2021
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The United Kingdom Parliament is reportedly set to begin a debate on the abduction and repatriation of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The separatist movement had accused the government of Buhari of abducting its leader in the East-African country, a claim confirmed by Kanu’s attorney, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who accused Kenya’s police of arresting, detaining and torturing his client for days before he was later handed over to the Nigerian government.

The British government had also stated last week that Kanu, who was travelling with a British passport, was not arrested within its shores.

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But the UK Parliament, in a parliamentary 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.

“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,” the document read.

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