Ater months of collaborative efforts between security agencies in Nigeria and interpol Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who has been on the run was arrested in United States on Sunday and whisked into a waiting Aircraft where he was flown to the Nnamidi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria.
By Michael Oba- Joseph
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami(SAN), who made the disclosure to journalists earlier today further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for the continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, and unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.
It would be recalled that the IPOB leader has been facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the federal high court in Abuja but was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons. He however, jumped bail and escaped from NIgeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state.
As a result of Kanu’s absence in court, Binta Nyako, the judge who granted him bail, revoked it and ordered that he should be arrested. Kanu. from his abode abroad, dismissed the arrest warrant issued against him and vowed to remain abroad to continue agitating for Biafra.
Though IPOB was later declared a terrorist group by the defence headquarters and court after the south-east governors proscribed it. The group still went underground and mobilised resources to launch the Eastern Security Network (ESN), leading to series of attacks on security and government infrastructure in the south-east.
At a brief appearance in Abuja today, Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court ordered the remand of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).The remand order followed an application by a federal government lawyer, Shuaibu labaran.
Addressing a Press Conference Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said self-aclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding 11 count charge against him.
It would be recalled that Kanu was arrested on 14th October, 2015 on 11 count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.
He was granted bail on health ground but upon jumping bail owing to his failure to appear in court for hearing, his bail was revoked by the judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He was subsequently accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions as well as instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.
Meanwhile,Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu who was born 25th, September, 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia State holds a Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 first issued 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos. Now that he has been brought back to NIgeria to face trial, what happens to the secessionist indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Nnamdi Kanu, the self acclaimed leader remain to be seen