The British Government has expressed readiness to provide “consular assistance” for leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested on Sunday by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Head of Communications, British High Commission in Abuja, Dean Hurlock, made this known in an exclusive chat with The PUNCH on Wednesday.
Kanu, who was born on September 25, 1967, is a holder of Nigerian and British passports. Upon his arrest and extradition from a foreign country, he was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday for terrorism-related charges and has since been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services.
Speaking with The PUNCH, Hurlock stressed that Nnamdi Kanu was neither arrest nor extradited from the UK, where he was based after he jumped bail in Nigeria in 2017.
“The British High Commission in Abuja is currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest.
“With regard to any questions about whether the British High Commission are providing assistance in this case, we can confirm that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office stands ready to provide consular assistance,” the British official told The PUNCH, adding that the British Government “expect any trial or legal proceedings to follow due process”.
When our correspondent sought clarification on “consular assistance”, the British official referred him to the UK manual on ‘Support for British nationals abroad: A guide’.