Foreign Affairs Committee urges UK govt to intervene in Kanu’s case
The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been imprisoned by Nigeria’s secret police since June 2021. The British Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has asked the United Kingdom Government to take action.
Kanu’s Special Counsel, Barr Aloy Ejimakor, revealed a report by FAC to Ejes Gist News Nigeria on Friday, saying that the UK government must act on recommendations that will benefit Kanu as a British citizen.
The Foreign Affairs Committee released a damning report on the UK government’s failure to help British citizens living abroad as the Kanu family appealed the High Court ruling regarding their challenge to two years of FCDO hand-wringing, according to the report.
The UK government is failing to stop “Abductor states” from “weaponising citizenship of British nationals for geopolitical ends,” according to a damning report from the Foreign Affairs Committee (“FAC”).
The report is based on information provided by the Kanu family regarding British national Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who was kidnapped and tortured in Kenya by Nigerian security forces before being extradited to Nigeria in June 2021, where he has been held since then.
The report’s release is appropriate given that the Kanu family is about to file an appeal against the UK High Court’s ruling that the FCDO can legally avoid making a determination regarding whether Mr. Kanu has been the subject of extraordinary rendition.
“The report makes a number of recommendations to address the UK government’s inability to effectively assist British nationals like Mr. Kanu who are the victims of severe human rights violations abroad. The following suggestions are directly applicable to Mr. Kanu’s situation, but his family is concerned that they might not be implemented in time to help him.
The FCDO should assume that the case won’t be decided in accordance with international standards and should react accordingly, the report recommends, noting that in Mr. Kanu’s case there is a UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Opinion that a detention of a UK citizen is illegal.
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