Heavy Security As IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Arrives Court
There is heavy security presence at Federal High Court in Abuja this morning, as detained leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, arrive for continuation of his trial on treasonable felony charge.
Kanu was brought into the court premises in a convoy at about 8 am and will appear before Justice Binta Nyako.
He was recently rearrested in an undisclosed country and returned to Nigeria to resume his trial. His family and lawyers, however, claimed he was arrested in Kenya.
Kanu jumped trial in September 2017 and was speaking from undisclosed locations until his rearrest in June.
However, most journalists are barred from entering the courtroom as a heavy security presence is witnessed in and around the court to forestall any form of protest.
Kanu, will be facing charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms, among others, before Justice Binta Nyako.
For years, Kanu had a running battle with President Muhammadu Buhari over his quest for the secession of the South-East geopolitical zone.
Buhari administration in September 2017 outlawed IPOB and declared that the activities of the group constituted an act of terrorism and illegality.
Before then, Kanu was arrested and jailed but released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting bail conditions. However, the IPOB leader later jumped bail and fled the country and operated from overseas before he was recently rearrested.
Kanu also formed the Eastern Security Network which the police have accused of being the masterminds of attacks on police stations, prisons and symbols of democracy in the zone but Kanu had denied the allegations.
Before he jumped bail in 2017, Kanu was facing 11 charges including terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods.