Nigeria: Court Adjourns Biafra leader, NNamdi Kanu’s case due to his absence in court

 

According to Justice Binta, the case between Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu vs. the Federal Government of Nigeria has been adjourned to a later date.

According to Justice Binta, the case was adjourned because the defendant Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra state, was not present in court to listen to the charges levied against him by the federal government of Nigeria, thus moved for an adjustment.

 

The defense team of the separatist leader blamed the absence of their client on logistical concerns.

This is the second time that the leader of the separatist movement is standing trial in Nigeria as he was in court in 2015 and later escaped after the court granted him bail in Abuja.

 

At the court on Monday, hundreds of his supporters answered present. They were chanting songs of freedom while reminding the government of Buhari that self-determination is a human right and that Biafrans must be allowed to exercise that right.

 

Local media reports also indicated that some of his supporters were arrested by the police since the IPOB group has been outlawed by the Nigerian parliament, mostly dominated by the APC party.

 

The arrested separatist leader was deported from Kenya following an arraignment between the Nigerian intelligence services and the Kenyan government even though both countries don’t have an extradition treaty.

Kanu said he was kidnapped in Kenya and has since demanded that he be released immediately since he now holds a British Nationality.

 

Battle for secession began in Nigeria in 1967, led by General Ojuku, who wanted an independent Biafra, but by 1970 he surrendered to Gowon, the general who fought for unity.

 

The conflict has claimed millions of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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