Mr Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has arrived at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, where he will face charges of terrorism and treasonable felony.
Despite the fact that his image could not be obtained, he was believed to be among a convoy of about six vehicles driven into the court premises by Department of State Service operatives around 8 a.m. on Thursday morning (DSS).
A black Prado jeep headed the convoy, which was followed by two Hilux, two buses, and two more Hilux.
Even Federal High Court staff had to disembark from their staff bus to be checked before being permitted to enter.
In 2016, Kanu and four others were indicted on a six-count criminal trial accusation involving alleged terrorism and treasonable felony.
He pled not guilty to the accusations and was granted bail in the amount of N100 million with three sureties in the same amount, one of whom was Enyinnaya Abaribe, a serving Senator.
However, he skipped bail in 2017 after his family’s home in Afarukwu, Abia State, was attacked by Nigerian Army soldiers.
Following his bail skipping, trial judge Justice Binta Nyako revoked his bail and issued an arrest warrant.
After nearly four years on the run, he was apprehended by security operatives working with Interpol in late June and brought to Nigeria to stand trial.
His trial could not continue in July due to the DSS’s inability to appear in court.
Now that he has been re-arrested and is in the custody of the federal government, Justice Nyako had ruled that the court could not try him in his absence.
As a result, she rescheduled his rearrangement for today.
The charge was changed to seven only a few days ago by the federal administration.
The court had split Kanu’s trial from the others in 2019 after he escaped bail and was ordered to stand trial in his absence.
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