The Kenyan Government says, contrary to reports, it has no hand in the arrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Nigeria.
The Kenyan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Wilfred Machage on Friday in Abuja dismissed the claims of his country’s complicity, calling it ridiculous and an attempt to cause disaffection between the people of Southern Nigeria and the Kenyan people.
He urged Nigerians to ask the their government how the IPOB leader was apprehended.
Machage said, “I wish to categorically state that we are not happy at this ridiculous attempt of dragging the name of Kenya and President Uhuru Kenyatta in this matter of arrest and extradition of the self-proclaimed IPOB leader.”
The Director-General of Kenyan Immigration Services, Alexander Muteshi had earlier also dismissed the reports.
He said it is not possible to tell whether the separatist leader had entered Kenyan territory and that his country could not ascertain whether the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu took place in the East African nation.
“I can’t know that,” Mr Muteshi told Kenyan Newspaper, Nation, when asked whether the claims made by the family were true.
“I am not in the picture of his presence in the country. I am only able to tell if somebody entered the country legally,” he added, leaving room for speculation as to whether Kanu had sneaked into Kenya through either illegal routes or under a false name.
Kanu’a family and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had accused the Kenyan government of having committed the most serious violation of international law by aiding the unlawful arrest and extradition of the IPOB leader to Nigeria.
Kanu was rearrested on Sunday and taken to Nigeria.
He was on Tuesday arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the federal high court Abuja, who remanded him in DSS custody.
The Nigerian government is yet to say where Kanu was arrested, but said he was apprehended with the help of countries that has good relations with Nigeria.