UK Seeks Nnamdi Kanu’s Whereabouts From Nigerian Government

When asked if the UK would strip Nnamdi Kanu of his citizenship on account of Nigeria declaring him a leader of a terrorist group. Abuku stated that it does not comment on individual cases.
Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu/ Photo credit: Facebook
The United Kingdom has deemed it most necessary to ask the Federal Government of Nigeria to state the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu. Who has been reportedly missing. UK government seeks to know if the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is alive or dead.

Though it is not clear if the Nigerian Government has responded to the inquiry or not.
The Press Officer, UK high commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku, said the inquiry is as a result of numerous reports that Nnamdi Kanu has been missing since September 14, 2017. After the Nigerian armed soldiers stormed his residence in Umuahia, Abia State.

Abuku stated this in response to questions seeking to know UK’s concern on her missing citizen.

“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 14.” Abuku replied in an email on Thursday.

When asked if the UK would strip Nnamdi Kanu of his citizenship on account of Nigeria declaring him a leader of a terrorist group. Abuku stated that it does not comment on individual cases.
When asked if the United Kingdom supports the Nigerian government’s proscription of the IPOB. Abuku states that the group was not a proscribed organization under the British law.

According to him;“The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is not a proscribed organization in the UK.” 
Abuku also stated that he would need to get an official response. On whether IPOB would be allowed to raise fund in the UK or not.

He further declined response on whether the Biafran agitators might be designated as a terrorist group. or proscribed by the British government.

He said; “We do not routinely comment on whether an organisation is or is not under consideration for proscription. A decision to proscribe an organisation must be based on a belief that it is concerned in terrorism as defined in the Terrorism Act 2000, and it must be proportionate.”

The United States authority had earlier stated that it did not consider IPOB a terrorist group. And advice Nigerians to de-escalate tension and embrace peaceful resolution of grievances.

The American Embassy in Nigeria, spokesperson Russell Brooks, said; “Within the context of unity, we encourage all Nigerians to support a de-escalation of tension and peaceful resolution of grievances. The Indigenous People of Biafra is not a terrorist organization under US law.”

 

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