Nnamdi Kanu rearrested by the Nigerian Government
After over two years of man-hunting, the federal government has at last rearrested self-acclaimed Biafran leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
He was arrested by a combined team of Nigerian and foreign security agents in a coordinated interception.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Tuesday, at an emergency media briefing in his office confirmed the arrest of Kanu.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami(SAN), who made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday, revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.
Kanu who was put on trial on charges bothering on terrorism, treasonable felony and sponsoring unlawful organization had escaped from Nigeria shortly after his arraignment before the federal high court in Abuja and admission on bail.
Justice Binta Nyako who granted him bail on the ground of his ill-health had revoked the bail on march 28 , 2019 and issued a bench warrant for his arrest in any part of Nigeria.
He, however, confirmed that Kanu will appear before the federal high court today, for continuation of his trial.
Kanu was born in Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State, the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His father is Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP) and his mother, Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu.
He attended Library Avenue Primary School and went to Government College Umuahia for his secondary education. He studied at University of Nigeria, Nsukka and moved to the UK before graduating.
Kanu began his activism for the freedom of Biafra as a Radio Biafra director and anchor of Biafra awareness under Ralph Uwazuruike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), who said while in a meeting in Kaduna, Nigeria on June 12, 2014, that he handed over Radio Biafra to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB but Kanu disappointed him.
On 18 October 2015, it was reported that Kanu had been arrested in Lagos State by Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS).
Kanu had told his solicitors that on 14 October 2015, he was arrested by the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the State Security Service (SSS), in his hotel room at the Golden Tulip Essential Hotel Ikeja, Lagos State.
The solicitors in a press briefing said, between 14 and 17 October 2015 their client’s whereabouts were unknown until 18 October 2015, when the press media broke the news of his arrest and detention by the SSS in Abuja.
On 19 October 2015, it was reported that Nnamdi Kanu had been granted bail after a secret arraignment at Magistrate Court, Wuse 11.
However, the bail seemed “controversial” and there were claims the DSS announced the bail only “to calm the angry people of Biafra”
On 20 October 2015, Vanguard announced that Kanu had been released on bail.
However, media sources supporting the objectives of IPOB called the bail “controversial” and claimed the DSS announced the bail only “to calm the angry people of Biafra”. Kanu has finally been released on bail by Justice Binta Nyako for health reasons.
Kanu disappeared from public view after his home was raided by the Nigerian military, in September 2017, an event which led to the deaths of 28 IPOB members.
Not being seen in public for over a year, there was wide-ranging speculation regarding his whereabouts, with members of the IPOB accusing the Buhari government of having abducted him.
However, in October 2018, unattributed photographs and videos, apparently placing him in Israel, were widely circulated on social media and this was later confirmed by mainstream media.
In December 2020, Kanu announced the formation of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional security force.
Kanu later gave all the governors of southeast Nigeria 14 days to ban open-grazing, threatening to deploy the ESN to enforce a ban if the authorities did not do so.