It is no longer news that leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu who was accused of jumping bail after being admitted to bail in April 2017 by a federal high court sitting in Abuja has been rearrested and brought back to Nigeria to continue trial.
Kanu skipped bail after flouting all the conditions given to him by the court, including a ban on public speaking.
The IPOB leader was said to have subsequently gone into hiding only to reappear in Israel just few months to the 2019 general election.
How Kanu was able to retrieve his seized Nigeria or British passport to secure his entry into Israel remains a mystery to ordinary Nigerians.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper recalls that on February 9, 2016 a Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed the application by the IPOB leader for the release of certain items, including his British and Nigeria passports, which are in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).
Justice James Tsoho dismissed the application made orally by then Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Chuks Muouma (SAN), who had sought the release of the items because according to him, they would not be needed by the prosecution since they were not listed as part of exhibits to be tendered.
Justice Tsoho, in dismissing the application for lacking in merit, insisted that the fact that the items were not listed as possible exhibits did not foreclose the possibility of their being later used by the prosecution as exhibits.
Upon granting him bail in 2017, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Binta Nyako stateds that she was admitting the IPOB leader, to bail on health grounds.
In a brief ruling, Justice Nyako, said that she was convinced that Kanu was ill and needed more medical attention than the Nigerian Prisons was giving him.
Justice Nyako, however, gave 12 conditions which Kanu must fulfill to be released on bail, and to continue to enjoy a temporary freedom.
The conditions include:
- The IPOB leader must deposit his Nigerian passport
- He must also deposit his British passport with the court
- He must provide the court with reports on the progress of his health and treatment on a monthly basis.
- The order for him to deposit his Nigerian and British passports also mean he cannot travel out of the country
- Mr. Kanu must not hold rallies.
- He must not grant interviews.
- He must not be in a crowd of more than 10 people
- The third surety must be a highly respected person who owns landed property and is resident in Abuja
- He must provide three sureties in the sum of N100 million each.
- One of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a senator.
- The second surety must be a highly respected Jewish leader since Mr. Kanu said his religion is Judais.
Speaking on the rearrest of Kanu at a press conference on Tuesday, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN disclosed that Kanu’s arrest was a collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.
Malami noted that kanu has been brought back to Nigeria to continue facing trial on 11 count charge against him.
“Self-aclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indegenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.
He has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding 11 count charges against him,” Malami said.
The AGF also revealed that Kanu was arrested on Sunday, June 27, but did not disclose where the IPOB leader was intercepted.
“Recent steps taken by the Federal Government saw to the interception of the fugitive Kanu on Sunday the 27th day of June, 2021,” he said.
He added “Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born 25th day of September, 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia State is a holder of Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 first issued 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos.”
Malami’s disclosure that Mr Nnamdi Kanu was in possession of a Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 which was first issued on 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos, raises more questions and suspicion.
Rumour making the rounds however has it that Kanu was arrested in Ethiopia by Interpol.