UK minister has demanded that Buhari’s regime explain to the British government how it repatriated Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya.
The UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad, has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime explain to the British government how it repatriated IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya.
The request followed a debate by the UK Parliament on July 7, during which British lawmakers discussed the UK government’s assessment of Kenya’s role in Mr Kanu’s arrest.
Lord Alton of Liverpool raised the issue at the House of Lords, seeking to address the controversies surrounding the transfer of Mr Kanu to Nigeria against his will.
“Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the alleged role of the government of Kenya in the detention and alleged mistreatment of Nigerian activist Nnamdi Kanu, (2) the circumstances surrounding the transfer of Mr Kanu to Nigeria against his will, and (3) of any assistance being provided to him by the High Commission in Abuja. HL1665,” a parliamentary schedule seen by Peoples Gazette stated.
In response to the parliament’s debate, Mr Ahmad said, “We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian Government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu.”
Mr Ahmad also confirmed claims by the British High Commission in Abuja that the UK government was providing consular assistance for the IPOB leader.
“The UK has requested consular access to Mr Kanu from the Nigerian government, and we stand ready to provide consular assistance,” he maintained.
While Mr Buhari’s regime has refused to make public how it repatriated the IPOB leader from Kenya, the UK government had clarified that Mr Kanu travelling with a British passport was not arrested within its shores.
IPOB had also accused Kenya’s special police force of arresting, detaining, and torturing Mr Kanu before the authorities handed him over to the Nigerian government. But Kenya, through its high commissioner to Nigeria, Wilfred Machage, refuted the claim.
According to him, the East African country was not involved in the whole process.
But findings by The Guardian, a UK newspaper, indicated that he was arrested in Kenya, as Mr Kanu’s UK passport remains in Kenya.
He was said to have entered Kenya this year with his British passport on a visa expiring in June, the newspaper reported.
UAE Removes Nigeria From Visa-On-Arrival List
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has removed Nigeria from a list of countries whose citizens are eligible to obtain visa-on-arrival in the country.
Etihad Airways, yesterday, released a list of countries whose travellers landing at Abu Dhabi Airport can receive visas from its immigration desks, but Nigeria was omitted.
Countries such as the US, China, Maldives, France, Spain and Russia made the top of the list.
African countries like Seychelles and Mauritius were equally included in the 70-nation list, while Nigeria and South Africa were excluded.
The report said visitors who had been in Nigeria or South Africa in the preceding 14 days before travel would not be allowed to enter the UAE.
The UAE had earlier announced an indefinite suspension of flights from Nigeria to Dubai.
Rotimi Amaechi Explains Why Abuja-Kaduna Run Below 100km/h
The Nigeria’s transport ministry has explained why the Abuja-Kaduna rail line runs below 100 kilometers per hour.
“we don’t want to kill cow, ” Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation said.
According to him, there are cows everywhere between Abuja to Kaduna and the ministry does not want to kill cows any longer with the locomotives.
The minister said the last time the rail ran 100 kilometres per hour, that it killed many cows.
He said because the owners of the cows would come to the ministry to ask that it pay for cows the rail killed, he has therefore decided that the rail will run not above 90 kilometres per hour.
“We are doing 90km/h with Abuja to Kaduna, the reason we are doing 90km/h is because there are cows everywhere, and we don’t want to kill cows. The other day they tried 100 and they killed how many cows, and they said ‘you people should replace the cows you killed.
“From that day, I have said let us maintain the 90km/h; at 120km/h you get to Kaduna in one hour. You can work in Kaduna and live in Abuja. It was initially one, but now, we have done four locomotives with 14 coaches.”
Commercial Flight Operations Resumes In Bayelsa Sate
United Nigeria Airlines will today (Wednesday) commence flight operations to the Bayelsa International Airport, Yenagoa.
Recall that Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) not too long ago granted the licence for commercial flight operations from the brand new Airport.
The United Nigeria airlines, being the first airline approved for commercial flights will fly Lagos and Abuja routes for now.
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