IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu remanded in DSS custody

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu who was arrested on Sunday and brought to Nigeria has been arraigned and remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The remand order was sequel to an application by a federal government lawyer, Shuaibu labaran who told the court that Kanu was arrested through intelligence and collaborative efforts of security agencies.

Following Labaran’s ex-parte application, Justice Binta Nyako ordered that Kanu, who was brought to court in handcuffs and hooded before the court’s sitting, be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Justice Nyako, held that the prosecution should inform Kanu’s lawyer of his rearrests and remand in the custody of the DSS.

Justice Nyako granted an accelerated hearing by bringing the charge pending against him from the earlier adjourned date of October 20 to July 26 and 27.

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At the conclusion of proceedings, the DSS operatives who brought him to court, sneaked him away, using the judge’s access stairs.

Earlier at a press briefing, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed that Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on Sunday June 27, 2021.

At the joint briefing with heads of DSS and police, Malami said Kanu would be returned to court to continue with his trial.

However, the briefing was silent on where he was arrested.

The judge subsequently adjourned till July 26 for a continuation of trial.

Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

The Nigerian government obtained a court order on September 20, 2017, to designate IPOB a terrorist group and to proscribe it.