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Renowned Biafra Leader, Nnamdi Kanu arrested,says Nigeria’s Gov’t official

UPDATED : Nnamdi Kanu has been arraigned in a Federal High court in the country’s capital Abuja.

The fugitive leader of the federal-government designated terrorist group Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) was arrested on Sunday.

Attorney-General of the Federation Mr Abubakar Malami told a press conference in Abuja on June 29 that operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) produced Kanu before the court.
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NIGERIA: Prominent leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPBO), Nnamdi Kanu, has been arrested, the Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, said at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday

According to reports by THE PUNCH Nnamdi Kanu had for years been on a running battle with the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, over his quest for the secession of the South-East geopolitical zone.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, recently also said Kanu used social media platform Twitter to “destabilise Nigeria”.

Dissatisfaction over the Nigerian State and the quest for sovereignty had led the late Biafran leader, Colonel Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, to declare the exit of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria in May 1967. The Biafran territory essentially comprised the South-East region of Nigeria.

The declaration led to a civil war that lasted two and half years as the Nigerian State under the then Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, battled to unify the soul of the country using state powers and military might.

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The war ended in January 1970 with the South-East region back in Nigeria but the civil war left a ghoulish imprint on the Nigerian history with squalid tales of deaths, blood, hunger, horror, sorrow and more deaths.

However, decades later, secessionist agitations resurfaced in the South-East. The agitation, this time, is being championed by Nnamdi Kanu.

The Buhari regime had in September 2017 outlawed IPOB and declared that the activities of the group constituted an act of terrorism and illegality.

Before then, Kanu was arrested and jailed but was later released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting bail conditions. The IPOB leader later fled the country and operated from overseas before he was reportedly captured on Sunday.

IPOB had also formed the Eastern Security Network but the security outfit has no backing of the governors of the South-East. It has, therefore, been at loggerheads with state-authorised security agencies like the police and the army.

The police have also accused IPOB’s ESN operatives of being the masterminds of attacks on police stations, prisons and symbols of democracy in the zone.

The war ended in January 1970 with the South-East region back in Nigeria but the civil war left a ghoulish imprint on the Nigerian history with squalid tales of deaths, blood, hunger, horror, sorrow and more deaths.

However, decades later, secessionist agitations resurfaced in the South-East. The agitation, this time, is being championed by Nnamdi Kanu.

The Buhari regime had in September 2017 outlawed IPOB and declared that the activities of the group constituted an act of terrorism and illegality.

Before then, Kanu was arrested and jailed but was later released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting bail conditions. The IPOB leader later fled the country and operated from overseas before he was reportedly captured on Sunday.

IPOB had also formed the Eastern Security Network but the security outfit has no backing of the governors of the South-East. It has, therefore, been at loggerheads with state-authorised security agencies like the police and the army.

The police have also accused IPOB’s ESN operatives of being the masterminds of attacks on police stations, prisons and symbols of democracy in the zone.

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