Timeline of Nnamdi Kalu’s latest arrest
Timeline of Nnamdi Kalu’s latest arrest. Nnamdi Okwu Kanu is a Nigerian Biafra political activist, who is also a British citizen. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Kanu founded IPOB in 2014.
The main aim of IPOB is to restore the separatist state of Biafra which existed in Nigeria’s Eastern Region during the Nigerian Civil War of 1967–1970.
Nnamdi Kanu has been able to incite and grow Biafran sentiments through IPOB, as eastern Nigerians demand their independence.
Since 2014, Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested multiple times, first in 2017 and now in 2021. His latest arrest has been shrouded in more mystery as it was first alleged that he was arraigned in the UK before the British high commission denied this claim.
According to Newsonline, which details nine things to know about the case, The Federal Government on Tuesday presented the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
2017 – Kanu went into hiding following the alleged invasion of his home by the military, months after he was granted bail while being tried for treasonable felony. He has thereafter declared wanted by the federal government.
2019 – Kanu’s bail was revoked in March 2019 and a bench warrant for his arrest issued in November 2019, following his long absence in court for his trial.
February 2021 – March 2021 – Usman Baba of DSS was assigned to bring Kanu to court and he worked with the Nigerian intelligence agency to ensure the arrest of Nnamdi after infiltrating his ranks and trailing him.
June 27th, 2021 – Nnamdi Kalu was arrested by Interpol in Addis Ababa and extradited to Abuja. He was arraigned with four others after years of evading police and living large with funds donated towards the creation of Biafra.
June 29th, 2021 – An eyewitness present at the Abuja Federal High Court where IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu was arraigned today has stated that he saw the IPOB leader dragged into the court with chains on his hands and feet.
July 26 has been fixed for his trial continuation.
Kanu has also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeast that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, police forces, and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.
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