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30.06.2021 news EXCLUSIVE: Nnamdi Kanu was ‘Detained And Extradited From Kenya’

Published 30th Jun, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was extradited from Nairobi, Kenya, FIJ has learnt.

Kanu was visiting Kenya on his British passport when he was detained and handed over to Nigerian authorities who flew him to Nigeria.

Kingsley Kanu, the brother of Nnamdi Kanu, told FIJ: “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.”

Earlier reports had indicated that Kanu had been brought in from Prague, Czech Republic. Kanu had been wanted by Nigerian authorities. It is still not clear what arrangements Nigerian and Kenyan authorities had and how it would affect diplomatic relationships with the United Kingdom.

“The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, must make clear to the Nigerian authorities that they will not tolerate the unlawful detention of British citizens and that the UK Government condemns the Nigerians and Kenyans for undermining the rule of law. Foreign Secretary Raab must be clear,” Kingsley added.

“There will be consequences for those who resort to extraordinary rendition. The British Government must insist upon justice for Nnamdi Kanu.”

FIJ contacted the Kenyan High Commission for comments but got no response.

Published 30th Jun, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

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