UK parliament to debate Nnamdi Kanu’s extradition to Nigeria ‘against his will’


The United Kingdom parliament says it will discuss issues surrounding the repatriation of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu, who is also a British citizen, was arrested on Sunday and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for alleged treason.

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, had said that Kanu was kidnapped by the federal government and there would be an uproar when the truth is known.

Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), claimed the IPOB leader was “intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”.

Malami did not state where the separatist leader was arrested, but TheLeadng exclusively reported how Kanu, who is based in the UK, was arrested in Kenya.

In a schedule posted on its website, the UK parliament said it will discuss “the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Mr Kanu to Nigeria against his will”, among other issues.

According to the document, Lord Alton of Liverpool will be raising the issue at the House of Lords and will ask the British government on Kanu’s repatriation to Nigeria.

“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 Nnamadi 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,” the document reads.

The document also states that the question, tagged ‘HL1665’ was tabled on July 5, 2021 will be “due for answer” by the “relevant government department” by July 19, 2021.