IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu arrested, extradited to Nigeria


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The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has been arrested.

Announcing the arrest is the attorney-general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami at a press briefing on Tuesday.

He said Kanu was “intercepted” on Sunday, but he did not disclose the location.

Earlier, the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, had denied the arrest when an online media The Cable contacted him on Monday evening.

Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the federal high court in Abuja in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.

He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

A picture has surfaced online apparently showing Kanu in handcuffs in Abuja

Nnamdi Kanu had been on the run since then after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state.

IPOB was later declared a terrorist group by the defence headquarters and court after the south-east governors proscribed it.

Despite the court’s insistence on his appearance, the IPOB leader has remained abroad, and once said he jumped bail to pursue the cause of Biafra.

“Their problem is Nnamdi Kanu and the solution to their problem is referendum. They gave me conditional bail to cage me and IPOB but I refused,” he had said during a broadcast.

Owing to his absence in court, Binta Nyako, the judge who granted him bail, revoked and ordered that he should be arrested.

Kanu, however, ignored the arrest warrant issued against him and vowed to remain abroad to continue agitating for Biafra.

“The bench warrant against me is merely academic. It will surely be ignored by an international legal and diplomatic order that has voiced its disapproval of what is happening to IPOB in Nigeria,” he had said in one of his broadcasts.

In Kanu’s absence, IPOB went underground and mobilised resources to launch a militant named the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

The emergence of ESN coincided with a spike in attacks against security and government infrastructure in the south-east.

It is clear that killings in the south-east tripled after the security outfit was launched — the group denies any wrongdoing.

Only recently, the secessionist group also forged an alliance with the Ambazonia Governing Council (AGovC), the separatist movement in Southern Cameroon, to exchange weapons and personnel.

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