Nigeria Federal Government has arrested the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the west African nation Abubakar Malami(SAN), on Tuesday disclosed to journalists that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.
Kanu and his co-defendant are facing treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. He also faces charges on unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.
He had fled Nigeria in September 2017 after the military invaded his home in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, in the southeast of Nigeria.
The Nigerian army insisted it was not holding him and the Nigerian government secured a controversial court order proscribing IPOB as a terrorist group.
Kanu failed to show up at the last hearing date for his trial. The trial judge ordered his lawyer to produce him at the then next sitting on March 28 2018. But Kanu arrest, Kanu’s whereabouts had been unknown.
Malami described the arrest as the result of a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and Interpol.
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