A human rights group has warned the United Kingdom to extradite leader of IPOB back to Nigeria to face his trial or face consequences.
A human rights group, Advocate of Social Justice for All [ASJA], has warned the United State government that it faces serious consequences if it fails to extradite the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], Nnamdi Kanu.
The warning by ASJA came following the revelation by former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, that Kanu had fled the country via Malaysia and is now hiding in the UK.
The Executive Director of ASJA, Asongo Venatius who gave the warning at a press conference held in Abuja, the nation's capital, noted that if the UK fails to extradite Kanu back to Nigeria, they should be ready to face mass action.
The group said it was disappointed that the UK government is hiding Kanu, having caused the death of many persons in Nigeria with the activities of his now proscribed group.
The statement added that the development was a clear indication that the UK is harboring a fugitive from justice and this is irrespective of him holding dual nationalism of Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
“The proper thing is for the UK to have allowed Kanu answer the treason charges against him in Nigeria before making any intervention," the statement begins.
ASJA says it was supremely irresponsible for the UK High Commission in Nigeria to have issued a statement seeking clarification on Kanu when it knows it was in cahoots with the terrorist leader.
“The irresponsible behaviour became diabolic when the UK issued him an emergency travel document in collaboration with crisis merchants. This is the worst form of double standard ever.
We are at a loss to understand what the UK Mission in Nigeria or even the home country stands to gain by mischievously sinking so low to aid and facilitate his sneaking out of the country.
This is a disgrace to the government and people of the United Kingdom; it is a blot that can only be erased by the government of the UK flushing out Kanu and all other bad elements that are trying to sabotage Nigeria.
If the UK truly believes in freedom, it must extradite Kanu who is facing charges in a Nigerian court, so that those who stood surety to perfect his bail conditions do not end up in jail if he fails to show up for his trial.
Even where the UK has decided to spurn the ties that existed between it and Nigeria, we advise it to revisit the ill-advised choice of backing a terrorist against the Nigerian state.
The UK should have learned from initially supporting ISIS terrorists as the attacks by these sick minds would eventually take place on its soil.
The Advocates of Social Justice for All, therefore, demands that the UK High Commission in Nigeria immediately extradite Nnamdi Kanu to stand trial for his crime before his October 17, 2017, court appearance.
Failure to do this will see ASJA leading Nigerians to occupy the UK High Commission's premises in a manner it has never experienced before in any other part of the world.”
ASJA believes that the UK, in providing shelter for Kanu and turning around to ask the Nigerian government about his whereabouts is a gross double standard which shows it knows more than the role it is playing in the Kanu situation.
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