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IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Returns To Court Today

IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu Returns To Court Today”

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered Senator Eyinaya Abaribe to produce the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu in Court.

Mr Kanu, alongside three other defendants, is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony.

The leader of a pro-Biafran group that wants to break away from Nigeria failed to show up in court on Tuesday as his treason trial resumed, an AFP reporter said.

Abaribe alongside Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a chartered accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu signed for Kanu's bond in the sum of N100m each. Now it's my turn to ask you: "where is your defendant?"

He had asked for a discharge of the bond used for Kanu's bail and a refund of N100 million paid to the court sequel to the bail.

This came as the coalition of all Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, and Non Governmental Organisations, NGOs, in Nigeria have called on the Federal Government to investigate what happened to Kanu after the army's raid of his house in September.

A statement in Awka by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, said by admitting publicly that soldiers were sent to Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku to look for Kanu without any order or warrant from a court of law, Nigerian government had confirmed a breach of the law and the judicial process.

For about a month now, there has been accusation and counter-accusation over the whereabouts of Kanu as his whereabouts has remained unknown, following the raid that was carried out by the military in his Afara-ukwu residence in Umuahia, Abia state, on September 14, 2017.

They were brought in by prison officials amid tight security at about 10:00am.

Kanu's group was banned by the federal government and declared a terrorist group on September 20.

"The position of the law as provided under Section 173 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, is that, a defendant whom recognizance was entered on his behalf and who is subsequently released on bail is bound to appear before the court at every time and place to which during the course of the proceedings, the hearing may from time to time be adjourned".

"The applicant lacks capacity to produce the person stated by the first respondent (government) as a terrorist or a person who is of interest to the applicant", Mr. Abaribe said.



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