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Saturday, 30 September 2017

UK Govt writes Federal Govt demanding Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabout

The government of the United Kingdom has written to the Federal government of Nigeria inquiring the where about of one of Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of the recently proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

The Press Officer, UK high commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku, in an interview with Punch, said that the inquiry was sent to ascertain if Kanu who has a British passport, was alive or dead.

Recall that family members and lawyer of the secessionist group leader have alleged that he has been missing since his home in Umuahia, Abia state was "invaded" by the Nigerian military. 

“We are seeking urgent clarification from the Nigerian authorities about the status and whereabouts of Mr. Kanu, a British-Nigerian man, who has been reported missing since September 14th,” Abuku said.

Responding to a question on whether the UK government would strip Kanu of his citizenship since the Nigerian government has accused him of leading a terrorist organization, Abuku said it does not comment on individual cases and that under the UK laws, IPOB is not recognized as a terrorist group.

“One of the conditions that can make the United Kingdom strip its citizen of nationality is if the person engages in a terrorist activity at home or abroad. And Kanu has dual citizenship and therefore a citizen of Nigeria and the UK. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a proscribed organization in the UK,” he said.


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