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UK CAN’T GET NATIONALS OUT OF PRISON ABROAD, IF THEY HAVE DUAL CITIZENSHIP SAYS DOCUMENT

The Head of Communications, British High Commission in Abuja, Dean Hurlock, said that the British Government is ready to provide “consular assistance” for Nnamdi Kanu and is “currently in the process of seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest”.

But in reality, there’s nothing much that they can actually do in the case of Nnamdi Kanu as he has dual citizenship; that of Nigeria and Britain.

The British a document titled: ‘Support for British nationals abroad: A guide’.

This is excerpts from the book: “We can offer you information about the local prison or remand system, including visiting arrangements, mail and censorship, privileges, work possibilities, and social and welfare services. We can also explain where there are different regulations for remand prisoners and sentenced prisoners. For example, in some countries, prisoners are allowed to send more mail when they are on remand.

“We cannot get you out of prison or detention, nor can we get special treatment for you because you are British. If however you are not treated in line with internationally accepted standards we will consider approaching local authorities. This may include if your trial does not follow internationally recognized standards for a fair trial or is unreasonably delayed compared to local cases.

“With your permission, we can consider taking up a complaint about ill-treatment, personal safety, or discrimination with the police or prison authorities.

“Consular staff will keep in regular contact with you, either by visiting personally or by telephone/ letter. The frequency of visits will depend on local prison conditions and your personal circumstances.”

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“If you are a dual British national in the country of your other nationality, we would not normally offer you support or get involved in dealings between you and the authorities of that state. We may make an exception to this rule if, having looked at the circumstances of the case, we consider that you are vulnerable and we have humanitarian concerns.

“We would not normally attend a court case involving a British national, and we cannot influence the outcome of any trial,” it added.

 

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