Former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri has revealed what his British source told him over the arrest and extradition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Recall that Kanu was arrested on Sunday, June 27, 2021 and arraigned today before the Abuja High court, where the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako ordered the IPOB leader to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) till July 26th, for the continuation of the trial.
Reacting over Kanu’s arrest and insinuations that Kanu was extradited back to Nigeria by the British government, Omokri said the IPOB leader was never arrested in the United Kingdom.
According to him, Kanu is likely to be arrested in Kenya. He noted that UK is a civilized country that does everything following the rule of law, hence Kanu cannot be automatically extradited back to Nigeria without exhausting his court process.
Taking to his Facebook and Twitter page, Omokri said he has spoken to his top British source and they told him that Kanu was not arrested in the UK.
“I just spoke with a top UK government source. Nnamdi Kanu was NOT arrested or extradited by the British. According to this official, Kanu was “almost definitely arrested in KENYA” and “it was an illegal detention”. I won’t reveal my source, but I have him on record.
“For those who do not know how these things operate, the United Kingdom is a civilised nation that is governed by the Rule of Law. No one, no matter how wanted, can be arrested and extradited without extradition hearings before a court, especially when that person is a British citizen.
“There are Nigerians who are currently fighting their extradition to Nigeria in court in the UK. They cannot leave the UK on their own volition or on the request of the Nigerian government until their hearings are exhausted. If they lose at the court of first instance, they have a right of appeal.
“I repeat, Nnamdi Kanu was not arrested or extradited by the British government.
“Also, it is a lie that he boarded a plane and came to Nigeria by himself. That is just propaganda.