Radio Biafra recently made public the letter they received from James Duddridge, a British Conservative politician, member of Parliament for Rochford and Southend East and also the Minister for Africa of Commonwealth of Nations concerning the continued detention of its director Nnamdi Kanu. This was after Biafran activists laid blame on world leaders, especially the British government for being silent over the arrest and detention of one of their nationals, Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested by Nigeria’s secret police (DSS) sometime in October and was granted bail which DSS authorities have failed to adhere to even after he met the conditions for the said bail.
According to James Duddridge’s letter, Mr Kanu who is a dual Nigerian/British national has been charged with coming into Nigeria illegally, conspiracy to stir up violence and for heading an illegitimate society or group. He further acknowledged the situation that allows British government to delve into matters that concerns dual citizens and finally promised to check on his well-being from time to time. The letter reads:
Kanu is a dual Nigerian/British national. In cases involving dual nationals in their country of other nationality we do not usually provide consular assistance unless we judge an individual to be particularly vulnerable. Following concerns raised by friends of Mr.Kanu to the Foreign and Commonwealth office, including about his well-being and ongoing medical condition, we judged it appropriate in this instance to offer assistance. The Nigerian Authorities granted access to our consular team to visit Mr Kanu on 3 November 2015 where he is being detained in Abuja. Mr Kanu has confirmed to us that he has access to a lawyer and that he does not require the British government to make any further representations to the Nigerian Authorities on his behalf. We do, however, intend to make a further consular visit to check on his well-being.”
View The Letter Below
As of yet, the case of the director who is still standing trial has been adjourned to Dec 1 for ruling following the DSS’ demands that the Magistrates’ Court in Abuja should terminate the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra, charged with criminal conspiracy. The director is charged with a three count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him. Read Also: Nnamdi Kanu Appears In Court Despite Alleged Murder Rumors