UPDATE: Kanu arrested through Interpol operation – Malami

UPDATE: Kanu arrested through Interpol operation – Malami

Attorney-General of Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has disclosed that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and brought back to the country through collaborative efforts with interpol.

According to Daily Trust, Malami, who did not go into details of the operation that led to the arrest of the fugitive IPOB leader, said that Nigerian intelligence and security services worked together.

"Self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed secessionist Indigenous 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 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 day of September, 1967 at Afaraukwu, Abia State is a holder of Nigerian Passport No. A05136827 first issued 17th October 2013 at FESTAC, Lagos.

"It is recalled that Kanu was arrested on 14th October, 2015 on 11 count charge 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 ground 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 State and institutions.

"Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the 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."

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony.

Recall that Justice Binta Yahaya of a Federal High Court in Abuja, has granted Kanu bail on health grounds and barred him from granting press interview while on bail.

The judge also gave a stern warning to the defendant not to participate in any rally or be found in a crowd of more than 10 persons in the course of the bail.

But Kanu flouted all the bail conditions and eventually fled abroad, from where he incited his followers.

While abroad, IPOB floated the Eastern Security Network (ESN), which the police blamed for the violence upsurge in the South East.

But while the group denied responsibility, Kanu cheered the attackers on, especially through social media.

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