Nnamdi Kanu: A ‘circled dot’ in lion’s den BY Arogbonlo Israel

Nnamdi Kanu: A ‘circled dot’ in lion’s den BY Arogbonlo Israel
Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, the embattled leader of a separatist group popularly called IPOB, has been in the news following his incessant agitations for Biafra restoration in recent times.

Just like the Biblical days of Noah, many could not believe when they first heard the news of his re-arrest by the Nigerian Government on Tuesday, June 29, a development that stirred mixed feelings across the country.

The 'supreme leader' as fondly called by his followers has been trending on social media amid his appearance at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for the continuation of his trial.

Recall the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra had jumped bail granted him by Justice Binta Nyako in late 2017. However, Kanu told the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, June 29, that he fled the country to save his life.

The IPOB leader and four others were arraigned before the Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count criminal charge bordering on treasonable felony in June 2016.

Though they pleaded not guilty to the charge, bail was denied them by the different judges who had earlier tried the matter, including Justice Nyako.

However, Justice Nyako following the deteriorating health of the first defendant admitted him to bail to enable him access quality medical care.

The court had in April 25, 2017 admitted him to bail in the sum of N100 million and three sureties in like sum, one of whom was a serving Senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe.

Kanu's bail was however revoked in March 2019 and a bench warrant for his arrest issued in November 2019, following his long absence in court for his trial.

The court also separated the trial of Kanu from five others earlier arraigned with him to pave the way for the continuation of their trial.

Nnamdi Kanu vs FG

The present state of Kanu can be best described as a man in the den of lions with so much control and command. One could only imagine how a man gives directive to millions of followers while in UK at the detriment of the government who viewed his authority as a threat to its administration.

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