Kanu’s family accuses UK government of not doing enough

The family of British national Nnamdi Kanu, a leader of a Biafran separatist movement in Nigeria, has said the UK government is “not doing enough” to get him released from detention in Nigeria, the Guardian newspaper reports.

Last month, Mr Kanu was brought to Nigeria with the help of Interpol after having fled the country in 2017 while facing terrorism charges, the Nigerain authorities said.

His lawyer alleges that he was unlawfully extradited from Kenya, but the Kenyan government denies this.

The UK high commission in Abuja has requested access to Mr Kanu, but his family want the British to go further than this, the Guardian says.

“Until they have access to my husband and are able to talk to him, the FCDO [Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] is not doing enough,” his wife Uchechi Okwu-Kanu is quoted as saying.

“My husband was abducted in Nairobi on 18 June, he re-emerged on 29 June in Abuja – for 10 days he was disappeared. He is the victim of extraordinary rendition; he is detained in the state security services building, as far as we know, he is held incommunicado.”

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