Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, has said the commission has offered consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Kanu was arrested in Kenya and extradited back to Nigeria on June 27, for the continuation of his trial bordering on treasonable charges.
The secessionist leader, who was briefly arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court two days after his extradition, was ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) till July 26.
However, Kanu was not brought to court on Monday, with counsel to the federal government arguing that the failure of the DSS to present him could be due to “logistical issues”.
Nyako adjourned the matter till October 21.
But IPOB members have continued to call on the British government to ensure that the fundamental rights of Kanu, being a UK citizen, is not trampled upon by the Nigerian government.
Laing, who spoke in an interview on Arise Television about Kanu’s ordeal, said:
“On Nnamdi Kanu, all I would say is that we are on record of saying that we can offer consular assistance to British nationals as requested. That is all I am prepared to say in this interview”.
When pressed to speak further on the IPOB leader’s trial, Laing added:
“I haven’t said anything about his trial. What we have said on record is that we would do all we can and we do offer consular assistance and in this case we have offered consular assistance to Nnamdi Kanu.”