Nnamdi Kanu’s wife reveals only person who can save Husband
Uchechi Okwu Kanu, the wife of Biafra political activist, Nnamdi Kanu, has identified Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom (UK), as the only person who can save her husband from punishment by Nigerian authorities.
It will be recalled that Kanu is currently in the custody of the Department of State Security Services, DSS. He is facing several charges including treasonable felony which carries the death sentence.
According to her, Raab “can end all of this in an instant”.
“Only the British government can prevent him (Kanu) from being subjected to further harm. My family’s future happiness rests with Dominic Raab. He can end all of this in an instant. He can stop my nightmare,” Guardian UK quotes Uchechi as saying.
The family of Kanu are accusing the UK government of abandoning him adding that he is being ‘detained illegally’ and at ‘risk of torture’.
Kanu, founded and leads the now-outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He fled Nigeria in 2017 while on bail after soldiers reportedly attacked his family home in Abia State, South-East Nigeria.
Uchechi is threatening a judicial review against Raab, over an alleged “failure” to provide consular assistance.
Although the government has requested access to Kanu, his family said it must act with urgency, claiming his life is at risk. She said her last contact with her husband was on 18 June, when her five-year-old son sent him a Father’s Day card, and Kanu said he would call after some meetings but never did.
“He’s upset that he hasn’t heard from his dad and he does not understand,” she said.
In 2015, Kanu was arrested in Nigeria and charged with terrorism offences and incitement, after airing broadcasts calling for secession on a digital radio station, Radio Biafra, which he founded at his home in London.
POLITICS NIGERIA understands that Bindmans LLP, a multi-disciplinary London law firm, have sent a pre-action letter on behalf of the Kanu family to Raab, challenging his ongoing failure to provide consular assistance to Kanu.
Source: Politics Nigeria
Flood kills 26, destroy 1,000 houses in Kano State – SEMA
The Kano State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said on Friday that the flood killed 26 people and destroyed over 1,000 houses in four Local Government Areas of the state from April to date. The Executive Secretary, Kano SEMA, Dr Saleh Jili, confirmed the figures in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano. Jili said that 50 other persons sustained injuries due to the flood and windstorm.
According to him, the affected local government areas are Bunkure, Minjibir, Tarauni and Doguwa. He said that the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet) had earlier predicted that there would be flooding in 25 local government areas of the state this year. The SEMA boss said the agency had visited the affected areas to sympathise with the victims on behalf of state government and distributed relief materials to them to alleviate their suffering.
“The items distributed included bags of cement, bags of rice, maize, millet, roofing sheets and toiletries,’’ he said.
The executive secretary, however, commended Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Muntari Ishaq, for supporting the agency. He called on donor agencies and wealthy individuals to assist in supporting the victims.
“Our economy is down due to COVID-19; the government cannot do it alone,’’ he said.
Jili also called on those living close to rivers and ponds in the state to vacate the areas for one to two months period.
“If the rivers and ponds are overfilled with water, please vacate your houses,’’ the SEMA boss advised.
He further urged residents of the state to clear the drains in front of their houses to prevent flooding.
“I urge those who are not yet affected by the flood to do everything possible to prevent it by clearing their drainages, collecting refuge and taking it to the appropriate place,’’ he said.
Jili added that the agency would not relent in its effort to ensure the protection of lives and properties.