Nnamdi Kanu Arrested Updates
Nnamdi Kanu Arrested: The Department of State Service (DSS) brought the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Leader before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mr. Kanu arrived at the court at approximately 1:40 p.m., surrounded by heavy security.
However, because the case is still being heard, all of the court’s entrances have been locked.
The court remands IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in the custody of the DSS, and the trial will resume on July 26
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
The remand was granted by Trial Justice Binta Nyako in response to a request from the Federal Government.
Kanu, who was apprehended outside the country by Interpol and returned to the country on Sunday, was ordered to remain in detention until his trial resumes on July 26.
Mr. Abubakar Malami(SAN), the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, announced Kanu’s arrest to journalists only 15 minutes before the court hearing.
Malami, who talked to the press with the Inspector-General of Police and DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, remained tight-lipped about Kanu’s whereabouts.
Kanu, on the other hand, would face charges of terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms, and management of an unlawful society, according to him.
He claimed that his instigating broadcasts were to blame for the deaths and damage of property in the country’s South-East area.
Meanwhile, heavily armed security officers from both the DSS and the Nigerian Police Force hauled the IPOB leader to court on Tuesday.
It should be recalled that the trial court issued a bench warrant for the IPOB leader’s arrest on March 28, 2019, after revoking his previous bail.
The court also approved Kanu’s trial in his absence, citing Section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
Kanu, whose whereabouts have been unknown since September 2017, had been facing a five-count charge brought by the Federal Government (FG) against him and three other pro-Biafra agitators, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, and David Nwawuisi.
On February 20, 2018, shortly after he was proclaimed “missing,” trial Justice Nyako approved a separate trial for the remaining three defendants.
Before his arrest on Sunday, the IPOB leader, who holds dual citizenship, was reportedly seen in several areas outside of the nation, including Jerusalem and the United Kingdom.
Igbo council asks FG to tread carefully after Nnamdi Kanu’s detention.
The Igbo National Council, INC, stated on Tuesday that the arrest and extradition of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Nigeria should be handled with caution by the federal government.
The INC’s President, Chilos Godsent, delivered this statement in Owerri, just hours after Kanu’s detention was reported.
According to him, if the arrest of the IPOB leader is not handled properly, it might lead to protests.
“We have read with great surprise the news of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, being arrested and extradited to Nigeria,” the INC said.
“We would advise the Federal Government of Nigeria to proceed with prudence, as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and incarceration has the potential to exacerbate tensions in Nigeria, given the country’s fragile status. If caution is not taken in resolving the concerns, the arrest may spark violent protests in various parts of Nigeria.”
“Inc, as a result, encourages Nigeria’s Federal Government to pursue a more peaceful means of resolving the core causes of agitations by Nigeria’s numerous ethnic nationalities seeking correct structuring of the country and the grant of self-determination rights.
The Igbo National Council (INC) Worldwide is still examining the matter and would reply appropriately when the time comes, according to INC
Nnamdi Kanu tells the court that he fled Nigeria to save his life
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, offered reasons on Tuesday for abandoning his trial and fleeing the nation in 2017.
Kanu told the Federal High Court in Abuja that he fled the nation to safeguard his life after being re-arrested and transported back to Nigeria last Sunday.
He asked the court for permission to speak after the Federal Government summoned him before trial Justice Binta Nyako.
Kanu, who was clothed in a black tracksuit and had no legal representation, appeared healthy and unfazed.
The IPOB commander explained that he did not flee the courtroom on purpose to escape being tried.
He claimed his disappearance was the result of a security agent’s illegal raid of his home, which he said resulted in the deaths of many innocent people.
According to the IPOB leader, he went underground in order to avoid being killed.
“My lord, my house was raided, and people were killed,” he added. If I hadn’t hid, I would have been slain as well. That is why I was unable to appear in court.
“When my house was raided, I would have been slain the same way others were killed,” Kanu continued.
At this point, trial Justice Nyako instructed him to contact his lawyer and inform him of all that had happened in the case while he was away.
Despite the fact that the case was originally scheduled for October 20, the court moved the trial forward to July 26 due to FG’s request for an accelerated hearing.
The court also ordered the prosecution to notify Kanu’s lawyer while remanding him in DSS custody.
Meanwhile, as soon as the hearings were completed, security personnel carried Kanu out of the courtroom through a back door and into a waiting vehicle parked behind the courthouse.
Kanu’s presence in court came just 15 minutes after Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, told reporters that Kanu had been “intercepted” by security operatives last Sunday.
Malami, who spoke to the press alongside the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, and the DSS’s spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, stated that Kanu’s re-arrest was the result of a concerted effort between Nigerian security services and Interpol.
He remained silent, however, on the precise place or country where the IPOB leader was apprehended.
Kanu would be tried on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms, and management of an unlawful society, according to the AGF.
“After skipping bail, he has been accused of engaging in subversive actions such as inciting violence against Nigeria and Nigerian State and Institutions via television, radio, and online broadcasts.
“Kanu was also accused of encouraging violence, particularly in Southeastern Nigeria, resulting in the deaths and destruction of citizens, military, paramilitary, and police personnel, as well as civil institutions and symbols of authority,” Malami stated.
While Malami was still speaking to the press, Kanu was escorted into the courtroom at 1:30 p.m. by highly armed DSS and Nigerian Police Force security personnel.
He wore a mask and had chains around his hands and legs.
Shortly before the start of the court proceedings, the mask and chains were removed.
Mr. Omoleye Sowore, a pro-democracy activist and organiser of the #RevolutionNow rally, was among those who came to court to demonstrate sympathy with Kanu.
Sowore, on the other hand, arrived at the court after the proceedings were completed.
The trial court had issued a bench warrant for the IPOB leader’s arrest on March 28, 2019, after revoking the bail that had previously been granted to him.
The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu: Plot to Silence Igbo South East Youth Leaders Forever
COSEYL, the Coalition of Southeast Youth Leaders, has expressed outrage over Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, being arrested and deported, stating that it is part of a scheme to permanently silence Ndigbo.
In a joint press statement, COSEYL’s National President, Goodluck Ibem, and Secretary-General, Kanice Igwe, stated that his detention was a ruse to incite Ndigbo.
“The arrest and torture of Kanu is a diabolical conspiracy to silence Ndigbo forever,” the statement stated in part.
“COSEYL is concerned about Interpol and Nigerian security forces’ degrading treatment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
” Though we do not speak for IPOB, everyone or a group of people has the right to demand freedom or to go their own path if they believe their safety is in jeopardy.
“Nnamdi Kanu arrested, his supporters have the right to demand whatever they believe he is entitled to because it is a basic human right.
“Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the man who led the fight for Nigeria’s independence in 1960. Because it was his right to demand Nigeria’s independence, his colonial masters did not subject him to the kind of torture and dehumanizing treatment meted out to Nnamdi Kanu today by security personnel.
“On a regular basis, herders kill, rape, and maim indigenes in Southern Nigeria, yet none of them have been apprehended or convicted.
“The arrest of Nnamdi Kanu is a direct challenge to Ndigbo: ‘How dare you talk when we murder, maim, and rape your women?’ ’
“Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and dehumanized because he dared to ask why herders are killing people while the government does nothing.
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