Nnamdi Kanu’s brother, Kingsley Kanu, has revealed the IPOB leader and Biafra agitator was arrested in Kenya.
The Nigerian government only said Kanu’s arrest was made possible by collaborative efforts with international authorities but never disclosed the exact country he was arrested.
The British High Commission while also confirming the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, stated he was not arrested in the UK where he lives as a citizen.
According to Kanu’s brother, Kingsley, the IPOB leader was first arrested by Kenyan authorities who detained him until he was extradited to Nigeria.
Mr Kingsley Kanu has accused both the Kenyan and Nigerian governments of violating the rules of law and urged the UK government to intervene and secure his brother’s release.
He wrote in a statement:
“My brother Nnamdi Kanu demands the right to self-determination for Biafra. Self-determination is the right to that underpins the United Nations. Because Biafrans support Nnamdi Kanu’s call for Biafran self-determination, my brother has now been subjected to the most serious violations of international law.
“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. The British High Commission in Nigeria must insist upon my brother’s immediate release.
“They must guarantee his safety and security. Nnamdi Kanu must be returned home to the UK to his wife and his sons who live here. 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. There will be consequences for those who resort to extraordinary rendition. The British Government must insist upon justice for Nnamdi Kanu.”