The FG maintains that Kanu’s re-arrest and return were carried out in accordance with the law.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has stated that the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was done in compliance with the legal process. In a phone chat with one of our correspondents on Friday, Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Public Relations, stated that the IPOB leader was represented by a lawyer during the judicial process that resulted to his earlier release being granted.
Kanu, who is facing an 11-count accusation of treason, treasonable crime, terrorism, and illegal possession of firearms, among other things, jumped bail in 2017 and fled the nation, only to resurface in Israel and then the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, the former London estate agent was re-arrested. He was arrested in late 2015 after pushing for a separate state for Biafra in South-East Nigeria. On Tuesday, he was re-arrested before a Federal High Court in Abuja and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, with the matter delayed till July 26 and July 27. “Bench warrant was properly and judiciously procured through judicial process by a competent court of law, whose bail conditions he breached with impunity,” Gwandu told the Sunday PUNCH.
“He (Nnamdi Kanu) has been represented by counsel throughout the judicial process and has never been denied the right of choice or recourse to counsel, even though he represents a banned group (IPOB) in law and his association has been legally proscribed. Kanu’s incarceration in 2015 provoked widespread protests and skirmishes with police forces.
IPOB, which advocates for an independent Igbo state, has denied involvement in the violence and accused the government of a disinformation campaign. Election offices have also been targeted by alleged group members.