The legal team of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has confirmed his arrest and detention in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday.
In a statement released by his lead legal counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, his lawyers called for calm stressing that the IPOB leader must be given fair hearing.
“We have just confirmed through a correspondence from the Federal High Court Abuja, about the arrest and the extradition of my Client- Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian State.
“It is to be noted therefore, that no matter the gravity of the offences or charge preferred against him, Section 36(5) of the Constitution still presumes him innocent of the allegation.
“He was brought before the Federal High Court No 2 Abuja today on an Eleven count charge, though without our knowledge,” Ejiofor said.
“As it is in the public domain, the matter has been consequently adjourned to the 26th Day of July 2021, for Continuation of Trial. The legal team ably led by my humble self will meet them in court on this date.
“We insist that he must be given a fair hearing/trial which is his constitutionally protected right. His safety as also guaranteed under our law throughout the trial and afterwards, should be enforced. Our fortified Legal team will be meeting to agree on strategies within the context of the Charge and disposition of the Court,” Ejiofor added.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.
He had been granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but he jumped bail.
He later left Nigeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state in November 2017.
According to the Minister of Aviation, Abubakar Malami, the IPOB leader was rearrested on Sunday following the collaborative efforts of Nigerian Intelligence and Security Services.