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Kanu loses appeal against UK govt over detention

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The embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra—IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has lost his appeal against the government of United Kingdom over his incarceration in Nigeria.

Kanu has been detained at the facility of the Department of State Service (DSS) since he was renditioned from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021, after escaping in 2017 during military operation in his Afara-Ukwu home, Umuahia.

Recall that the separatist leader, who holds both British and Nigerian citizenship, had filed an appeal in London last year, seeking the UK government’s intervention in his case with the Nigerian government.

Kanu had approached the UK courts to obtain an order compelling the Federal Government to take a stand and publicly condemn his detention.

He sued the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), also known as the Foreign Secretary, as the representative of the UK government in London.

The court, however, dismissed his case on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

Kanu, then, filed an appeal with the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice, in London, to challenge the High Court’s ruling.

Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal, on July 7, upheld the High Court’s ruling, stating that it could not interfere in the UK government’s decision concerning the IPOB leader’s detention and conditions in Nigeria.

The three-member panel said it could not force the Foreign Secretary to take a firm position on the matter while the Nigerian government’s case against Kanu was still pending at Nigeria’s Supreme Court.


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