Unic Press UK: The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, failed to appear in court Tuesday as his trial continues. His whereabouts is ‘unknown’ by his lawyer. The Nigerian authorities claim they are unaware of his current location.
The legal counsel for Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor told the court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja that:
“The home of the first defendant [Nnamdi Kanu] was invaded by soldiers and since that time I have not heard from him.”
At the court, the prosecution argued that the sureties for Kanu should either bring him to court to face trial, or forfeit their bail bonds and be imprisoned.
The court adjourned until 20th November 2017.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are seeking a referendum on Biafra independence from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
IPOB claims to be the original inhabitants and the owners of the lands and communities of Biafra and Biafraland presently located in the South East region, some parts of South South region and some parts of the Middle Belt of Nigeria.
The group is led by Nnamdi Kanu, who holds dual citizenship being a Nigerian cum British national. Kanu is the director of Radio Biafra.
Kanu is facing a series of court cases in Nigeria; but currently on bail. Since the Nigerian military invaded his home on 14th September 2017, his whereabouts unknown.