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Do You Think Nnamdi Kanu Will Lose His UK Citizenship – Check

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It has been one week since the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is being prosecuted for alleged terrorism and treasonable felony.

A lot has happened since then: the UK started engaging Nigeria over the arrest of Kanu, who is also a British national; IPOB said its secessionist quest for Biafra continues; while the federal government claimed Kanu orchestrated the killing of 60 people in the country while he was abroad.

There have also been talks about the possibility of the separatist leader losing his British citizenship, with IPOB declared a terrorist organisation in Nigeria.

But can that happen?

WHEN CAN BRITISH CITIZENSHIP BE TAKEN AWAY?

The British nationality act empowers the UK to strip its nationals of their citizenship under certain circumstances.

Section 40(2) provides that the UK secretary of state can “deprive a person of a citizenship status if the Secretary of State is satisfied that deprivation is conducive to the public good”.

What then constitutes public good? A UK government document explains conduciveness to the public good to mean “depriving in the public interest on the grounds of involvement in terrorism, espionage, serious organised crime, war crimes or unacceptable behaviours”.

If such a person became a UK citizen by naturalisation, the conditions for stripping them of their nationality expand further to include: “If the Secretary of State is satisfied that the registration or naturalisation was obtained by means of—(a) fraud, (b) false representation, or (c) concealment of a material fact.”

NATURE OF KANU’S CITIZENSHIP MAKES HIS CASE WORSE

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The nationality act law allows for consideration where someone could become stateless — that is, without a nationality — if their citizenship is revoked.

In cases where the “public good” is involved, it states that the UK secretary of state “may not make an order” revoking the citizenship “if he is satisfied that the order would make a person stateless”.

Nnamdi Kanu And UK Citizenship

Born British to parents of Bangladeshi heritage, Begum has been stripped of British citizenship because of her alleged support for terrorism

But there are exceptions provided, including if the person is not born in the UK.

Subsection 4(A) states such order can still be made if: “(a)the citizenship status results from the person’s naturalisation, (b)the Secretary of State is satisfied that the deprivation is conducive to the public good because the person, while having that citizenship status, has conducted him or herself in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom, any of the Islands, or any British overseas territory, and…

“(c)the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds for believing that the person is able, under the law of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom, to become a national of such a country or territory.”

TheCable could not immediately verify the type of UK citizenship the IPOB leader has, but it is most likely that he became a national of the country by naturalisation.

The BBC reported that the IPOB leader, who claims he is a Jew, moved to the UK before he could complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).

That would mean that he is covered under the conditions for citizenship by naturalisation and dual nationality as provided under subsection 4(A).

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WHO’S HAD THEIR UK CITIZENSHIP REVOKED IN THE PAST?

The British newspaper Independent reported in 2019 that at least 150 people have been stripped of their UK citizenship after being subjected to the measure for the “public good” since 2010.

It gets more interesting: nearly 70 percent of those revocations were in 2017, a sudden spike from what used to be a few deprivations.

A lot more persons have also been stripped of their British nationality and banned from returning to the UK, according to the UK Guardian, most of them suspected terrorists.

A particularly notable case was that of Shamima Begum, who left the UK in 2015 to join the Islamic State group in Syria as a 15-year-old.

In February 2021, the supreme court upheld the decision of Sajid Javid, then home secretary, to revoke Begum’s citizenship later in 2019.

Nnamdi Kanu and UK Citizenship

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Her citizen deprivation was thought to have been considered because of her dual nationality — she was born in the UK to parents of Bangladeshi heritage.

There is room for appeal for those who lost their citizenship. But Begum did so and lost.

In February this year, the supreme court upheld Javid’s decision and said, among other things, that: “There was no evidence before the Court as to whether the national security concerns about Ms Begum could be addressed and managed by her being arrested and charged upon her arrival in the UK, or by her being made the subject of a Terrorist Prevention and Investigation Measure.”

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Do You Think Nnamdi Kanu Will Lose His UK Citizenship – Check

TERRORISM TOPS THE LIST OF REASONS

Available data show that, like Begum, most of the others whose British citizenship has been revoked have also been linked to terror-related activities.

IPOB, which Kanu set up in 2014, is only recognised as a terrorist organisation in Nigeria, where it was proscribed by the defence headquarters and the court in 2017.

The Buhari administration has been heavily criticised for the action while the UK has not said anything publicly about it. However, the British government is known to not take terror-related activities lightly when considering “public good”.

Most of those who have lost their British citizenship was as a result of links to terrorism, although some were not charged to court before the action was taken. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, who were both accused of belonging to an ISIS group involved in kidnappings in Iraq and Syria; Mohamed Sakr, who was suspected of being involved with al-Shabaab; and Hilal al Jedda, who was alleged to have recruited terrorists in Iraq are a few of those whose UK citizenship was taken away.

Do You Think Nnamdi Kanu Will Lose His UK Citizenship – Check

There have also been other cases not related to terrorism, including twelve of the 20 citizen revocations carried out in 2013 on grounds of fraud.

This does not mean that the UK is always fast to revoke citizenship where a serious crime is involved.

In 2005, Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was convicted in South Africa for funding the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup attempt, but he remains a UK citizen.

Will Kanu end up like Thatcher or Begum?

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We Are Sick And Tired Of Your Sit-At-Home Orders – Ohanaeze

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Pan Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to desist from imposing sit-at-home orders in the southeast geopolitical region henceforth.

IPOB has issued and enforced these sit-at-home orders in protest of the continued incarceration of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was re-arrested and jailed in June.

On Wednesday, IPOB threatened to impose a month-long sit-at-home in the southeast, as opposed to the current format of every Monday each week, if Kanu is not brought to court on his next trial date of October 21.

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However, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is of the view that IPOB would be better off asking members to storm Abuja, the nation’s capital city, in protest, instead of further paralyzing the economy of the southeast with endless sit-at-home orders.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide are committed to providing a political solution for the release of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from custody,” a statement from Okechukwu Isiguzoro, Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, reads.

We Are Sick And Tired Of Your Sit-At-Home Orders – Ohanaeze

“The exponents of sit-at-home should be cautious of the regaining consciousness of Ndigbo to defy further directives, as the best approach before the IPOB leadership is to mobilise the disciples of Nnamdi Kanu in millions to take advantage of the October 21st court trial and massively take over the streets of Abuja peacefully without confrontation with security agencies, so that the international community will handle the matter and convince the federal government to do the needful.

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“If 60 million IPOB members as acclaimed by the leadership can storm Abuja, they will be forced to produce Nnamdi Kanu before the Abuja High Court as southeast sit-at-home is fading away.

“IPOB will gradually lose Igbo support if they continue to make things difficult for Ndigbo, especially with the continuous denial of not being accountable for the various scandals and crimes committed against humanity by the so-called cultists, who disguise under the sit-at-home orders to perpetrate evil.”

Kanu’s troubles with the Nigerian government began when he was arrested by the DSS in 2015. He spent two years in custody until he was granted bail on health grounds in April 2017.

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He subsequently fled the country in 2017.

The separatist faces charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

IPOB’s unending sit-at-home directives have further heightened tensions in the southeast region.

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Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the sit-at-home order given by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

It noted that the development was adversely affecting its preparations for the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 6.

The Anambra State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, said this during the commissions ‘s Monitoring and Support Centre EMBER Zone Implementer Workshop, held in Awka, on Thursday.

He said, “Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing, such as the attack on our state office on May 23rd and the sit-at-home which are eating into our preparation time, but we are doing our best.

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“Ad hoc staff are already being recruited online and we are interacting with the stakeholders and we are happy with where we are now and we are confident that come November 6, we will have a successful election.”

He said the commission would recruit no fewer than 25,000 ad hoc workers for the poll.

He insisted that sensitive materials for the election would be brought in from Owerri, Imo State, because of the destruction of the Awka office of INEC

Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

Stakeholders had expressed reservations over INEC’s plan to import electoral materials from Owerri for the simple reason that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council for the election is Governor Hope Uzodinma.

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In response, the REC said, “You know that the Anambra State INEC office was attacked on May 23rd and that led to the destruction of our store. Since that incident, we had to fall back on the INEC zonal store.

“INEC has zonal offices and for the South East, the zonal office is in Owerri and that is where we have been trying to remobilise for the election.”

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

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The Southeast caucus of the National Assembly has resolved to intervene in the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The caucus resolved to seek political solution over Kanu’s matter.

To this end, the caucus resolved to set up a committee to interface with the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders over Kanu’s matter.

This was part of the r solutions reached by the caucus during a meeting held in Abuja, at the residence of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting reads partly: “We elaborately discussed the issue of Mazi Nnamdi and resolved to intervene.

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Igbo lawmakers to intervene in Nnamdi Kanu’s case, set to meet Buhari govt

“To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the Federal Government and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in regard.”

The caucus also commended IPOB for calling off the Monday sit-at-home order.

“Noted with delight that IPOB has called off the Monday sit-at-home order and resolved to ensure that nobody uses them as façades to bring ruination on Igbo land.

“Call on our people to go about their lawful businesses and enjoin our governors and the security agencies to rebuild confidence in our people by not only ensuring the security of their lives and properties, but also ensuring that our people feel safe as they undertake their legitimate businesses,” the lawmakers added.

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