Extradited IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has explained why he left the country saying he might have been killed if he did not leave Nigeria.
Nnamdi Kanu made this statement when he appeared in court on Tuesday, the IPOB leader said he had to leave after soldiers raided his residence in Abia state.
Kanu, before he fled the country in December 2017 was facing trial for alleged treason.
He left the court during a military operation in which soldiers clamped down on his supporters in Abia and reportedly killed some of them.
They had also besieged his residence but he eventually escaped through Ghana, before returning to the UK where he is based.
EkocityMagazine had reported how the IPOB leader was extradited to Nigeria after his arrest and brought to the federal high court in Abuja, where Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, granted an order for his remand.
Immediately after the ruling which ordered his remand in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), Kanu, indicated interest to speak.
He then told the judge that the invasion of his residence forced him to flee the country.
The IPOB explained that the invasion as the reason for his prolonged absence in court — despite an arrest warrant issued against him.
Nyako, the judge, then told him he should not have jumped his bail, and asked him to consult with his lawyers as the matter has been addressed.