The arrest of a Nigerian rebel Nnamdi Kanu in late June 2021 hit the headlines in the international news and left people's tongues wagging.
Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra that demands to split from Nigeria. In 2017, Kanu was arrested and arraigned in a Nigerian court; he was charged with 11 counts of treason, terrorism, felony, and unwarranted possession of firearms.
He fled the country in 2017 after being released on bail, and reports indicated he left for Israel. Later, the reports further confirmed that he was in the UK.
Some sources that asked for anonymity alleged that the activist has a home in Nairobi's Kileleshwa, and what he has been doing in East Africa remains unknown.
“Yes, he lived at Kileleshwa, however, honesty I am not aware of the business he carried out in Kenya,” stated one of the sources.
The new revelations confirm Kanu's brother Kingsley's earlier claims that his brother was arrested while heading to his Kileleshwa home.
“I spoke to him on the phone, he was well, in Nairobi. His associates said he went out, he didn’t take his documents with him so he wasn’t planning on going anywhere. Then all of a sudden we see him paraded in handcuffs in Abuja,” said Kingsley Kanu, as quoted by the Guardian.
It first emerged that the Nigerian separatist leader was nabbed in the UK, the British government denied being involved in the arrest and extradition of Kanu.
However, rumours have it that the Nigerian-British citizen was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi by the Special Police Forces on suspicion of being an Al-Shabab terrorist and detained for eight days.
When his true identity was discovered, he was flown back to the West African country as the lone passenger in a private jet. It is rumoured that he bypassed all security checks in the JKIA.
Our attempt to reach out to the sources within the airport to justify the claims hit the snug after they refused to talk to the Standard Gazette.
Kanu’s alleged arrest in Nairobi had angered his family as they vowed to sue Kenya. Nigerians who are members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were also asked to boycott Kenyan products, including Kenya Airlines and products made in Kenya.
“We, IPOB in Australia, support the leadership of IPOB worldwide and our able Directorate of States( Chika Edoziem) and the head of our Media and Publicity (Emma Powerful) to categorically state that all IPOB members both home and abroad should boycott traveling with Kenya Airways, stop patronizing any product made in Kenya and all businesses dealing with Kenyans, following their country’s betrayal. The battle line is drawn,” said Kennedy Ochi, the head of membership and mobilization in Australia.
Meanwhile, the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) downplayed Kenya's role in violating Kanu’s human rights as claimed by his family and a section of people of Biafra.
Following its independent investigation, the commission said Kenya did not violate any human rights in the events that led to the arrest of Kanu. “The Commission is convinced that the Kenyan Government played no official role in the event that led to Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest,” read part of the statement released by IHRC.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.