The United Kingdom says it has no hand in the arrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The spokesman, British High Commission in Nigeria, Dean Hurlock, made the clarification to the Press on Tuesday, noting that Kanu was also not arrested in the United Kingdom.
He said, ‘We are aware of reports that Nnamdi Kanu has been detained in Nigeria by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“We can confirm that Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested in the UK for extradition purposes.”
Meanwhile, sources have told CHECKPOINTCHARLEY that the IPOB leader was arrested by the International Criminal Police, INTERPOL, while he was outside the UK, seeking support for the realization of Biafra Republic.
It is gathered that Mr. Kanu, who holds both the Nigerian and British citizenship, was arrested on Sunday, while on transit.
He had been declared wanted by the Federal Government since 2017 after he jumped bail following the invasion of his country home in Abia State by Nigerian troops.
One source said the IPOB leader was arrested while leaving Israel for an unknown destination.
However, CHECKPOINTCHARLEY is yet to independently verify this.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Enugu Provence, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, welcomed his arrest and described it as good development.
The cleric mocked by alleging that Kanu was trapped by security agencies using a Brazilian woman.
“He played into the hands of Nigerian Intelligence Agency, who set him up with a woman from London to Brazil, where he was arrested and then tranquilised to the point of bringing him to Nigeria.
“That shows irresponsibility. How can a woman and tranquiliser be a way of catching you if you are really a very strong leader? I feel disappointed in him because they lured him out of London to Brazil with a woman. It’s a shame,” the Archbishop said.
He described Kanu as a weak leader and accused him of jumping bail.
According to him, he did not appreciate Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and others who secured his bail.
He said, “Rather, when he was abroad, he was instigating people to cause confusion. We warned him several times to stop that. It’s not only that; we felt that if you are a leader and you are part of the problem of Nigeria, you should come down here, so we can discuss with others on how to solve the problem.”
Kanu was arraigned before the Federal High Court on Tuesday, where Justice Binta Nyako remanded him in DSS custody, despite the fact that he had no legal representation.
IPOB has also in a statement on Tuesday by its lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor demanded a fair trial for its leader.
Ejiofor said Kanu’s fundamental rights must be respected while in custody.
“We have just confirmed through correspondence from the Federal High Court, Abuja, the arrest and the extradition of my client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian State.
“It is to be noted, therefore, that no matter the gravity of the offences or charge preferred against him, Section 36(5) of the Constitution still presumes him innocent of the allegation. The legal team ably led by my humble self will meet them in court on this date.
“We insist that he must be given a fair hearing/trial, which is his constitutionally protected right. His safety as also guaranteed under our law throughout the trial and afterwards should be enforced.
“Our fortified legal team will be meeting to agree on strategies within the context of the charge and disposition of the court. Await further updates from us as we progress,”