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UK To Nigeria: Explain How Nnamdi Kanu Was Arrested

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UK To Nigeria: Explain How Nnamdi Kanu Was Arrested

The United Kingdom (UK), has sought clarification from Nigeria on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Newsrand reported that Kanu, who holds British citizenship, was arrested in June and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for a treasonable felony.

Although the federal government did not state where Kanu was arrested, Kingsley Kanu, Kanu’s brother alleged that the separatist leader was arrested in Kenya and “handed over to Nigerian authorities who then flew him to Nigeria”.

The Kenya government, however, denied the claim that Kanu was arrested and extradited from the country to Nigeria.

According to Reuters, Tariq Ahmad, junior minister at Britain’s foreign office, said the UK government wants Nigeria to explain how Kanu was arrested.

“We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,” he said.

Ahmad also said Britain had requested consular access to Kanu and stands ready to provide consular assistance.

Kanu was first arrested on October 14, 2015, following years of his campaign for the sovereign state of Biafra.

He was granted bail in April 2017 but fled Nigeria later that year after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia state during a military clampdown on IPOB members.

For almost four years after he fled the country, the separatist leader piloted the affairs of IPOB from abroad.

He was mostly in the UK from where he runs Radio Biafra, the group’s radio station with which he often engaged in fierce monologues preaching his separatist cause.

Following his re-arrest, the federal government took him to the federal high court in Abuja where a judge granted the Department of State Services (DSS) order to remand him in their custody until July 26 when his trial will continue.

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on Presidential candidates to publish details of their assets ahead of campaigns.

The advocacy agency disclosed this in a statement, also advising candidates to shun vote-buying.

“Ahead of the start of campaigns on 28 Sept, we’re again calling on Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, to immediately publish details of their assets, publicly reject vote-buying, and commit to the rule of law, if elected,” SERAP wrote.

Recall, in July, the flagbearer of the African Action Congress, (AAC), Omoyele Sowore had earlier declared his asset.

READ ALSO: Afenifere Explains Why It’s Backing Peter Obi For President

In his declaration, a Toyota Camry & Lexus RX 350, a N5 million home in his village, three iPhones, a Galaxy Note 10 Lite, SaharaReporters Media Group, and a four-bedroom bungalow in New Jersey, were listed as his assets, cash exclusive.

He became the first Presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections to declare his asset.

Also, in related matters, SERAP has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over $23 million recovered Sani Abacha’s loot.

The advocacy organization disclosed this in a statement, also charging the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, stating that the Federal Government failed to publish details of the agreement signed with the United States over the repatriated funds.

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Read How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu’s Campaign List

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How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu's Campaign List

Chimaroke Nnamani, a senator under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party’s inclusion on the rival’s party campaign list, has been said to be intentional.

Recall, on Friday, September 23, 2022, the All Progressives Congress (APC), released a 422-member list of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

The list which had the exclusion of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, got everyone talking as Nnamani, who is a loyalist to Abubakar Atiku, was selected.

READ ALSO: See The Full List Of Tinubu’s Presidential Campaign Council

Clearing the air on the issue, the director of media and publicity, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, revealed in a statement that the inclusion of the Senator was not an error.

“The PCC will also want to make it clear that the inclusion of the name of HE Chimaroke Nnamani, a renowned senator from Enugu State, was not an error.

“As a supporter of our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is listed on the list in his own right. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is close with distinguished senator Chimaroke Nnamani, who is still abroad in the United States.

“Although he might not be on the field with them as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate, his presence suggested that he may have chosen to give his longtime friend and brother “moral support.”

“In any case, the PCC cannot dictate how much Senator Nnamani will support his friend and brother,” The statement read.

Onanuga added that the party is proud to be associated with Nnnamani, but any explanation of his status should come from the other party, not from APC.

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

Few months before the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Kwara State Command has released guidelines for the commencement of campaigns.

Disclosing this via an announcement during a meeting, in the State’s capital, Ilorin, Malam Garba Attahiru, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) represented by the INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. Julius Yagba revealed that 14 activities had been successfully implemented, and the 14th is the publication of the final list of nominated candidates by INEC on September 20, 2022.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: Buhari Warns Foreign Observers

“Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the commission expects the political campaigns to be civil, devoid of abusive language, and without any rancor. Section 92 of the Electoral Act 2022, forbids any political campaign or slogan tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly or one likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal, or sectional feelings.

“Therefore abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes intended or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotion should be avoided.

“Parties and candidates are to avoid training or enlisting the services of individuals or groups, like; masquerades, for the purpose of adopting physical force or coercion in a manner likely to arouse apprehension during campaigns,” the REC said.

He said the next activity in line was the commencement of campaigns by the political parties which would begin by September 28, 2022, adding that the meeting was designed to remind all stakeholders about the responsibilities and expectations during the campaigns.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: INEC Proposes 1 Million Officials In 176,846 Polling Units

According to him, campaigns for the offices of president and national assembly will commence on September 28, and the governorship and state house of assembly will commence on October 12.

The use of armed private security organizations during campaigns or election processions is also prohibited, according to Yagba.

The REC further elaborated that any candidate or aspirant who equips any person or group to display physical force or commit an offense and is liable on conviction will be fined N500,000 or three years imprisonment.

He urged the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to monitor the campaign processes as well as ensure efficient and effective deployment of personnel for peaceful electioneering.

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