The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has said that the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested and extradited to Nigeria.
Malami made this known in a press conference in Abuja, Tuesday.
He said the arrest was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services.
“He has been brought back to Nigeria to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding 11 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,” Malami said.
Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Ngozichukwu Okwu-Kanu, born 25th day of September 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia State is a holder of Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 was first issued on 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos.
It is recalled that Kanu was arrested on 14th October 2015 on 11 count charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.
A judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health grounds and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for the hearing.
He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio, and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian states and institutions.
Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in Southeastern 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.