“A British opposition politician is calling on the U.K. government to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against Biafran independence protesters in Nigeria,” Newsweek reports.
Angela Rayner made the call after joining pro-Biafra protesters on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in London.
According to Newsweek, Angela Rayner, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions and Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne in northwest England, raised the issue with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) after receiving evidence from constituents alleging human rights abuses against Nnamdi Kanu.
“There is a strong Biafran presence in my constituency and I’m concerned that we don’t sit on our morals. I expect the government to take the issue seriously and to ensure they do everything in their power to protect individuals across the world,” Angela Rayner said.
Newsweek reports says that “thousands of people have demonstrated across southeast Nigeria in recent months, calling for a referendum on independence for the former Republic of Biafra, which existed between 1967 and 1970 and was mainly populated by members of the Igbo ethnic group. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of a prominent pro-Biafra group called the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was arrested by Nigerian security forces in October 2015 and has been in detention since. Kanu is to stand trial in Nigeria on Monday charged with treason, which carries a maximum life sentence in Nigeria.”