KANU: I would have been killed if I did not abscond – IPOB Leader

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Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.

The self-acclaimed Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday the 29th of June, 2021, adducing reasons for which he abandoned his trial and absconded abroad in 2017.

Nnamdi Kanu, was re-arrested and extradited to Nigeria on Sunday the 27th of June 2021. He confessed to the Federal High Court in Abuja that he fled the country to save his life.

He requested for permission to address the Court shortly after he was arraigned by the Federal Government before the trial Justice – Binta Nyako.

Nnamdi Kanu, who was dressed in a black tracksuit, with a healthy and unperturbed disposition did not have any legal representation.

The secessionist agitator stated that he did not abscond from the court with the intention to avoid the trial.

He explained further that his disappearance was due to the unlawful invasion of his house by security agents, in an operation which resulted in the death of many innocent people.

The IPOB leader further confirmed that he decided to go underground to avoid being killed.

He stated: “My lord, my house was invaded and people were killed. I would have been killed too if I had not hid myself. That was why I have been unable to attend court.”

“I would have been killed the way others were killed when my house was invaded,” Kanu added.

At this juncture, trial Justice Nyako asked him to get in touch with his lawyer to update him on everything that had transpired in the case during his absence.

Though the case was initially fixed for October 20, due to Federal Government’s application for accelerated hearing.

The Court further directed the Prosecution to notify Kanu’s lawyer, even as he was remanded to the DSS custody.

However, once the Court proceedings were over, DSS agents discreetly moved Kanu out of the courtroom through the back door into the DSS vehicle stationed at the back of Court premises.

Kanu entered an appearance before the Court about 20 minutes after the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. Abubakar Malami SAN, disclosed to the media that Nnamdi Kanu had been “intercepted” by security agents on Sunday the 27th June, 2021.

The Minister, who addressed the press in company of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba and spokesman of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunnaya, confirmed that Kanu’s re-arrest was a result of the collaborative effort between the Security Agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami did not reveal the exact location or country where the IPOB leader was arrested.

Nevertheless, the AGF stated clearly that Kanu would be tried on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria, the Nigerian States 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, paramilitary, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities”, Malami added.

While Minister Malami was addressing the press, “Nnamdi Kanu was presented to the Court around 1:30pm by heavily armed security operatives from both the DSS and the Nigerian Police Force.

The secessionist of agitator was masked and his hands and legs were bound by chains.

The mask and chains were later removed before the commencement of the Court proceedings.

Omoleye Sowore the pro-democracy activist and convener of the #RevolutionNow protest was in Court to display solidarity to Kanu.

However, Sowore arrived the Court after the proceedings had ended.

It will be recalled that the trial court had on March 28, 2019, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the IPOB leader after it revoked the bail that was earlier granted to him.

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