Embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Saturday, September 25, clocked 54 years old in the custody of the Department of State Services.
To make the event worthwhile, a whole gamut of never-say-die IPOB loyalists flooded the social media with congratulatory messages to Kanu, who was born on September 25, 1967, at Afaraukwu, Abia State.
The secessionist leader is a holder of Nigerian and British passports. He had earlier jumped bail in June 2018 before leaving for the United Kingdom, though he said that he fled because his life was no longer safe in Nigeria.
After about three years abroad, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), at a press briefing in Abuja, June 29, 2021, announced that the IPOB leader had been re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria.
Kanu’s Lead Counsel, Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had said the IPOB leader was re-arrested in Kenya and whisked to Nigeria.
Upon his re-arrest and extradition in June 2021, he was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related charges and has since been remanded in the DSS custody in Abuja.
But Nnamdi Kanu’s Special Counsel, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor, believes the self determination fighter did not jump bail, in any way.
He said: “Kanu is human, so his human instincts to survive will instantly take over and being that the force arrayed against him is greater, that instinct can only be expressed through flight or escape from the immediate scene. And that’s exactly what happened.
“And having succeeded in fleeing from the immediate scene of the attack, is it reasonable to expect Kanu not to flee from the broader scene that comprised the territory of a Nigerian State that controls the Army that invaded his house?
“A Nigerian State that had Kanu on trial, in the course of time released him on bail posted by another. Then, the same Nigerian State ordered its army to lethally invade Kanu’s home. During the invasion, Kanu was confirmed to be on location, trapped and in line of fire.
Under this time-honored doctrine, a contract (including a bail contract) will be deemed frustrated if its fundamental purpose (assuring appearance of Nnamdi Kanu in court) is destroyed to the point that his appearance in court becomes impossible.
Meanwhile, Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, had adjourned the trial of Kanu to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing, even though his lawyers had dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Kenyan Government to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, over the alleged violation of his fundamental human rights by the two governments./Additional report from PRN/SHARE THIS