The Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered the arrest of founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu. The court also directed his trial on charges of treasonable felony should proceed in his absence.
The court further revoked his bail granted on April 17, 2017.
The judge, Justice Binta Nyako, said her order was based on the provisions of Section 352(4) of the Administrative of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
She pointed out Kanu had failed to appear in court since April 25, 2017 without any reasonable explanation.
The lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Magaji Labaran, applied for the court’s orders earlier in the Thursday’s proceedings, an application that Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, opposed.
He requested for time to explain why his client had not been in court by filing all necessary papers.
He insisted that Kanu’s disappearance was as a result of soldiers’ invasion of the IPOB leader’s home in Afara-Ukwu near Umuahia, Abia State during military’s ‘Operation Python Dance II’ staged to quell agitation for a Republic of Biafra.