Nnamdi Kanu

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 4 July 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of whether the Nigerian government has upheld the principles set out in the Charter of the Commonwealth of Nations in its treatment of Nnamdi Kanu.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to his Nigerian counterpart on the imprisonment of Nnamdi Kanu.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of taking legal action to seek the release of Nnamdi Kanu.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has held recent discussions with representatives of Nnamdi Kanu.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Ministers and officials have raised Nnamdi Kanu's case with the Nigerian authorities on multiple occasions, most recently with the Foreign Secretary who raised his case with the then Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama on 14 March 2023, and our High Commissioner with then Minister Onyeama on 22 May 2023. FCDO officials continue to be in regular contact with representatives of Mr Kanu in the United Kingdom and in Nigeria. The Foreign Secretary continues to take the steps he considers most effective to support Nnamdi Kanu's welfare and keeps these steps under review.

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