IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Rearrested, Brought Back To Nigeria – Pointloaded
September 21, 2021
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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Rearrested, Brought Back To Nigeria

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been rearrested and brought back to Nigeria to face trial.

The IPOB leader was intercepted on June 27, 2021, and he is expected to be re-arraigned before the Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial.

This was made known at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.

According to Mr Malami, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Federal Government’s application to detain the IPOB leader in a DSS facility ahead of the continuation of his trial.

Justice Nyako also granted the application for the accelerated hearing of his trial to July 26 and 27 as against the earlier adjourned date of October 20.

Kanu has repeatedly called for the breakaway of a significant chunk of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra and he is expected to face charges of treason in court.

In October 2015, he was arrested by Nigerian authorities on an 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 in April 2017 for medical reasons.

However, Mr Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

Since then he has been sighted in Israel and has continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions,” Mr Malami said on Tuesday.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

Read the full text of Mr Malami’s speech at the press conference in Abuja, Nigeria:

Text of Press Conference on Tuesday 29th June 2021 by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN on the Interception of Fugitive Nnamdi Kanu back to Nigeria to face trial

The self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.

He has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding an 11 count charge against him.

Recent steps taken by the Federal Government saw to the interception of the fugitive Kanu on Sunday the 27th day of June 2021.

Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born 25th day of September 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia State is a holder of Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 first issued 1on 7th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos.

It is recalled that Kanu was arrested on 14th October 2015 on 11 count charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felonies, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matters, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.

A judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health grounds and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for the hearing.

He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions.

Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.

Abubakar Malami, SAN
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice
29th June 2021.

 

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