The leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, will be arraigned on Monday, July 26th, 2021.
In a statement on Friday, counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said his client would appear in court despite an annual vacation for judges.
Ejiofor added that he received a confirmation from the Federal High Court Abuja, that the hearing of Kanu’s case will proceed as scheduled.
He said: “We have just received a confirmation from the Federal High Court Abuja, that Hearing on Our Client’s case above referred will still go on as earlier scheduled on Monday next week being the 26th Day of July 2021.”
“Remember Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the entire Legal team in your prayers. Thank you all and remain blessed.”
Naija News reports that the hearing of Kanu’s case was hanging in the balance due to an annual vacation for federal judges which is expected to last till September 17, 2021.
He was reportedly rearrested in Kenya and extradited back to Nigeria on the 27th of June, 2021.
The secessionist was then arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako who ordered his remand in the custody of the DSS until his next trial date which is July 26 and 27.
Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country, only to re-emerge in Israel and then in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, IPOB has announced that it is shutting down its bank account domiciled in the United States.
The pro-Biafra group made this known in a statement issued on Thursday by Chika Edoziem, IPOB head of the directorate.
The account which has been shut down served as a “worldwide” platform for members of IPOB to pay their monthly contributions.
Giving reasons for the closure, Edoziem said the account was closed after it received a report from the bank that some “yet to be identified persons” accused it of fraudulently operating the account.
“That the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide, Nnamdi Kanu, authorised the opening of the IPOB USA, families were instructed to pay in their monthly contributions,” the statement reads.
“That this same USA national account was also designated by our leader as the account for ESN worldwide contributions.
“Following a report to the bank by yet to be identified persons that this account is fraudulent, the bank requested that the account be closed.”