The UK is ready with questions on Biafran separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and repatriation by Nigeria.
Kanu holds Nigerian and British citizenships but may have been traveling with a Nigerian passport when he was picked up.
Consequently, a UK Govt representative told The Punch yesterday that Britain will seek clarification on the circumstances of Kanu’s interception.
“The British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest.”
The High Commission spokesperson, Mr Dean Hurlock, however confirmed that the questions will touch on the legality of the arrest.
Hurlock said the Embassy is ready to provide consular services that Kanu may need as he continues with his trial.
“We can confirm that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office stands ready to provide consular assistance,” he said.
Legal experts yesterday volunteered that Government may be deliberately hiding how it was able to arrest and repatriate Kanu.
Malami’s wooly explanations, they said, make the case look more like an abduction than the legally acceptable method of repatriation.
The UK spokesperson however advised that Nigeria follows due process on any “trial or legal proceedings” involving Mr. Kanu.
Kanu’s Lawyer asks for access
In addition, lead lawyer in Mr. Kanu’s case, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has formally requested the authorities to allow him meet with client.
Ejiofor said yesterday that the legal team formally applied to the Department of State Service to allow them access to their client.
Kanu is facing an 11-count charge which includes treason, a crime that carries the death penalty.
The relevant section of the law provides as follows:
“Any person conspiring with any person, either within or without Nigeria, to levy war against the state with the intent to cause such leving of war as would be treason if committed by a citizen of Nigeria, is guilty of treason and is liable to punishment of death.”