Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal High Court in Abuja has remanded the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

In a short ruling on Tuesday, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako orders the remanding of Kanu based on an

application that was brought by the Federal Government.

Justice Nyako ordered that Kanu should remain in custody till July 26 when his trial will resume.

However, after disclosing the arrest of Kanu, the court made a proceeding barely 15 minutes to the disclosure, by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of

Justice,  Abubakar Malami(SAN)

The IPOB leader was brought to court on Tuesday by heavily armed security operatives from both the DSS and the

Nigerian Police Force.

Recalled that the trial court had, on March 28, 2019, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the IPOB leader after it

revoked the bail.

However, Placing reliance on Section 352(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, the court equally okayed

Kanu’s trial in absentia.

Kanu, whose whereabouts was unknown since September 2017, was hitherto answering to a five-count charge FG

entered against him and three other pro-Biafra agitators— Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David


Shortly after he was declare “missing”, trial Justice Nyako, on February 20, 2018, okayed separate trial for the other

three defendants.

The IPOB leader, who has dual citizenship, was before his arrest on Sunday, reportedly sighted at various locations

outside the country, including Jerusalem and the United Kingdom.

By Cynthia Nwankwo

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