Barely four years after Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), fled the country, after his house was attacked by soldiers, he was yesterday re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja after being re-arrested by security agents.
Shuaib Labaran, Counsel to the Federal Government, presented him to the Judge and told her that Kanu was arrested through intelligence and collaborative efforts of security agencies and extradited to the country on Sunday.
The charges against Kanu borders on terrorism and treasonable felony, jumping bail granted by the court to escape trial by running out of the country.
Kanu while reacting to the charges preferred against him told the court that he did not jump bail, instead, that he escaped from Nigeria after his house was unlawfully invaded by Nigerian armed forces with his life seriously threatened. He alleged that he would have been killed along with others on the day of the invasion if not for the wisdom he applied to jump bail and flee the country.
Kanu said: “I did not jump bail, My lord.
“I only went underground when the Nigerian armed forces raided my residence in Abia State, which led to the death of some people. So, I had to run for my safety,” Kanu explained.
Justice Binta Nyako ordered that Kanu, be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), following Labaran’s ex-parte application.
Nyako granted an accelerated hearing by bringing the charge pending against Kanu from the earlier adjourned date of October 20 to July 26 and 27 2017.
Labaran also applied to the court for an order to remand Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), because Kanu’s lawyers were yet to be briefed about his re-arrest.
Kanu was sneaked away, using the Judge’s access stairs after proceedings, the DSS operatives who brought him to court. He was taken away in handcuffs through a special gate reserved for judges and highly placed persons from where he was moved to the DSS detention centre.
Photo-journalists and cameramen who had waited patiently to take his pictures were highly disappointed when they learnt he had been sneaked away by the DSS.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaigning for the Independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.