Court remands Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody
.On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service. Justice Binta Nyako issued the order while allowing the prosecution’s application.
S. M. Labaran, the prosecution’s counsel, asked the court to remand Kanu in detention. Labaran also requested that Kanu’s trial, which was previously scheduled for October 20, be moved ahead. Kanu, who appeared in court without legal representation, informed the court that his home had previously been invaded. As a result, he had to go underground. Kanu was remanded in the DSS facility and his case was adjourned to July 26 and 27. The court also ordered an expedited hearing and requested that the prosecution notify Kanu’s counsel of the proceedings in court.
He said he stood in solidarity with Kanu since he had been in a similar circumstance. Earlier, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, confirmed Kanu’s arrest at a press conference. The transcript of the news conference stated, “Self-acclaimed leader of the outlawed secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been detained through the coordinated efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security forces.” “Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born September 25, 1967 in Afaraukwu, Abia State, is the holder of Nigerian Passport No. A05136827, first issued on October 17, 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos. “It should be noted that Kanu was detained on October 14, 2015, on an 11-count accusation ranging from terrorism to treasonable felony, operating an unlawful society, publishing defamatory material, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of products, among other things. “On the same day, a judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail on health grounds and issued a bench warrant for his arrest for his failure to appear in court for a hearing. “After skipping bail, he was charged of engaging in subversive activities, including inciting violence against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions through television, radio, and online broadcasts. “Kanu was also accused of encouraging violence, particularly in South Eastern Nigeria, resulting in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, and police personnel, as well as the destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authority.”