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Kenya denies involvement in Kanu’s arrest, extradition to Nigeria

By Abisola Olasupo

AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

Kenya’s Director-General of Immigration Services, Alexander Muteshi, has denied claims that the country was complicity in the re-arrest and eventual extradition of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to Nigeria.

Nnamdi Kanu’s brother Kingsley Kanu had claimed that his brother was in Kenya when he was stopped at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on June 26.

He said Kanu was handed over to Nigeria the following day.

Muteshi, in an interview with Kenya Nation, denied the IPOB leader’s brother’s claims, arguing that it was not possible to tell whether Kanu had entered Kenyan territory.

“I can’t know that,” Muteshi told Nation.

“I am not in the picture of his presence in the country.

“I am only able to tell if somebody entered the country legally.”

Also, some reports have named the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and Israel as countries where Kanu may have visited in recent times.

Another report claimed Kanu was lured to an unnamed South American country and was allegedly arrested and extradited to Nigeria from the country.

Nigeria’s minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed declined to comment on where the IPOB leader was arrested.

Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country.

He was re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, while the case was adjourned till July 26 and July 27.

The Nigerian government claimed security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of Kanu for over two years before he was re-arrested.

Mohammed told a media conference on Thursday in Abuja that Kanu was living a luxurious lifestyle, traveling from one country to the other.

The minister said Kanu’s re-arrest and repatriation was made possible through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies.

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