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29.06.2021 news Malami Speaks on the ‘Collaborative Effort’ that Led to Kanu’s Arrest

Published 29th Jun, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), has revealed how Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was arrested after disappearing for four years.

While briefing journalists on Tuesday at the Ministry of Justice in Abuja, the AGF said Kanu was arrested on Sunday through the joint efforts of the intelligence and security services.

“Self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Kanu, has been intercepted through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services,” Malami said.

“He has been brought back to Nigeria, in order to continue facing trial after disappearing, while on bail regarding 12 count charge against him. Recent steps taken by the Federal Government saw to the interception of the fugitive Kanu on Sunday the 27th day of June 2021.

“Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born 25th September, 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia state Nigeria, is a holder of Nigerian Passport No A05136827, first issued 17th October, 2013, at FESTAC, Lagos.”

Malami recalled how Kanu was arrested on 14th October 2015 on an 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, improper importation of goods, among others.

Continuin, he said: “A judge at the Federal Hgh Court, Abuja on 28th March 2019, revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health ground and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for hearing.

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“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against the Nigerian state.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in south-eastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.”

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the Federal High Court in Abuja in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

Published 29th Jun, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

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