Nnamdi Kanu has revealed the reason why he fled Nigeria amid trial on charges bothering terrorism and treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government.
The Nigerian government on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, confirmed that it arrested the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB.
According to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) who disclosed the development today, Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.
The AGF during a media briefing stated that the IPOB leader was arrested based on a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and Interpol.
Appearing before the court for the continuation of the longtime suspended trial shortly after he was intercepted by security operations, Kanu sought the permission of Justice Binta Nyako to address the court and present his side of the story.
Upon the permission, the leader of the proscribed group in the presence of heavily armed security operatives said he fled the country after seeing his home unlawfully invaded by security men with his life seriously threatened.
According to Kanu, he would have been killed along with others on the day of the invasion if not for the wisdom he applied to jump out of the country. Kanu’s reaction was provoked by the federal government’s information through its counsel, Shuaib Labaran that Kanu jumped the bail granted by the court to escape trial by running out of the country.
Labaran had applied to the court for an order to remand Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS). The counsel said the request became imperative because lawyers to Kanu were yet to be abreast of his re-arrest.
Justice Binta Nyako granted the request and ordered that Kanu be remanded in the custody of DSS till July 26 for the continuation of his trial.
Although the continuation of trial was originally slated for October 20, 2021, it was brought downward to July 26, 2021, for his lawyers to appear for his defense.