by Victor Akande
Nigeria Police force on Monday has arrested some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) when they converged on the Federal High Court in Abuja for Nnamdi Kanu’s trial.
The IPOB members were chanting slogans in support of Kanu and demanding his freedom.
Some of them wore Jewish apparel.
There was a commotion as the police tried to disperse members of the group.
Some of them were subsequently arrested while others fled.
Kanu’s trial is scheduled to continue today after he was arrested and extradited to Nigeria in June.
He was re-arraigned and remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) upon his extradition to Nigeria.
The IPOB leader is facing charges of a treasonable felony for his agitation for the independent Republic of Biafra.
Abubakar Malami had reportedly warned members of IPOB not to attend the court hearing.
He said Kanu’s lawyers will be allowed into the court premises, but added that branded IPOB T-shirts or caps will not be allowed.
But in response to Malami’s statement, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, told Vanguard that members of the group have every right to be in court.
He added that IPOB members will be peaceful and orderly when they arrive at the court.