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Kanuís health, welfare, fair treatment our priority, says UK

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The United Kingdom (UK) has said it takes very seriously allegations of human rights violations against British nationals.
The British High Commission in Abuja stated this in response to a statement by the counsel to the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor and Kanuís family.

The United Kingdom also said it continued to seek clarification about the circumstances of the arrest of Kanu from the Nigerian Government.

Ejimakor had in a statement issued on Thursday, said no trial will take place until the issue of Kanuís Ďillegal abductioní was resolved.
Ejimakor said: ďIn my opinion, before any court can subject Kanu to trial, it has to first conduct a trial within trial on the grievous incident that forced him to leave Nigeria and the equally grievous incident that forced him back to Nigeria. No court of law with conscience and equity will overlook those two incidents and proceed to trial.Ē

Kanuís younger brother, Kingsley Kanu, had also in a statement, said there would not be any court proceeding on July 26, until the issue of how his brother was arrested and brought back to Nigeria was addressed. Responding to Saturday Sunís enquiry, the Head of Communications, British High Commission, Abuja, Dean Hurlock, said: ďThe UK Government is aware of the ongoing detention of Mr Kanu.

ďThe UK has requested consular access to Mr Kanu from the Nigerian government, and we stand ready to provide consular assistance.

ďAs a British national, our current priority is Mr Kanuís health, welfare and fair treatment.

ďOur consular staff will always endeavour to give appropriate and tailored support to British nationals overseas, and to their families in the UK.

ďThe British High Commission in Nigeria stands ready to provide such assistance to Mr Kanu and his family in the UK. ďThe UK takes all allegations of human rights violations very seriously and raises concerns with local authorities where appropriate,Ē Hurlock said.

Hurlock further said it was very important to the Government  of the United Kingdom that any trial or legal proceedings regarding Kanu followed due process.



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