■Nnamdi Kanu appears in court after re-arrest
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on Sunday In the United Kingdom and brought to Nigeria, the country’s attorney general Abubakar Malami said on Tuesday.
Government-owned news agency reported that the IPOB leader appeared before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Kanu, who was brought to the court amidst tight security, arrived at the court at about 1:40 pm.
Details of how he was re-arrested was still sketchy but The Republican News learnt that it was obviously a collaborative effort of the British interpol with Nigeria section of the Interpol.
Kanu was seen handcuffs in the court where he was later remanded in custody by the judge and kept at the DSS custody.
The press statement obtained by The Republican News concerning his arrest was signed by the Attorney General Abubakar Malami and can be found below.
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
Self-aclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indegenous 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 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 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos.
It is 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.
A judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health ground and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for 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 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.
Abubakar Malami, SAN
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice
29th June, 2021.