- The circumstances of the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu will come up when the United Kingdom speaks with the Nigerian government
- Many people had claimed that Kanu who is also a British citizen was arrested in the United Kingdom
- Meanwhile, the UK government has called on the Nigerian government to give Kanu a fair hearing where due process should be observed
Following the arrest of leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), the United Kingdom has revealed the next step it would take.
This was disclosed in Abuja by the British High Commission in Abuja, through its Head of Communications, Dean Hurlock.
“With regards to any questions about the possible legality of his arrest, the British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian Government about the circumstances of the arrest."
Meanwhile, Hurlock said the British High Commission is ready to provide consular assistance to Kanu, The Sun Newspaper added.
Going further, he noted that the UK would expect any trial or legal proceedings to follow due process.
He was not arrested in London
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the British High Commission reacted to the arrest of Kanu.
Hurlock told a Nigerian newspaper that while they can confirm Kanu’s arrest, he was not picked up in the UK where he is based.
It has been difficult for the Nigerian government to re-arrest Kanu due in part to his UK citizenship.
Igbo National Council speaks
In a related development, the Igbo National Council on Tuesday, July 29, advised the federal government to tread with caution on the arrest and extradition of Kanu.
The INC president Chilos Godsent made the position of the group known in a statement sent to journalists hours after the reports of the arrest of Kanu.
According to him, the IPOB leader's arrest could spark protests across the southeast if not well managed by federal authorities.
Give him fair hearing
Earlier in the day, elder statesman and Second Republic aviation minister, Mbazulike Amechi, told the FG to give Kanu a fair hearing.
Amechi said Kanu should be assumed innocent until he is found guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
He also said the federal authorities should be cautious about the way they will handle Kanu, and the way they will handle his case.