How FG arrests, arraigns Nnamdi Kanu

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He used his Radio Biafra station, which broadcasts from London, to call for an independent state for Igbo people.

The Federal government of Nigeria has revealed how the fugitive leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu  was arrested and arraigned in court on Tuesday.

Kanu was flown to Nigeria where he was presented in court on Tuesday by the Department of State Services (DSS).

He was initially held in 2015 on treason charges but then fled the country in 2017 while on bail.

He used his Radio Biafra station, which broadcasts from London, to call for an independent state for Igbo people.

Mr Kanu’s arrest in 2015 triggered massive protests by his supporters in south-east Nigeria.

At the Tuesday’s proceedings, the prosecuting counsel, Magaji Labaran moved an ex parte application urging the court to remand Kanu in the DSS custody in Abuja.

He anchored his request on the grounds that the IPOB leader violated the conditions of the bail earlier granted him by the court.

After Mr Labaran’s submissions, Kanu sought the trial judge’s permission to speak.

“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.

The judge went on to order him remanded in SSS custody and adjourned the trial till July 26.

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