Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts unknown as trial resumes today
Will Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) be in court today for his trial?
Nobody could give the answer to this question last night.
Kanu has not been seen since September 24 when some security agents entered his Afaraukwu, Umuahia home.
He is facing treason charges along with some members of his group.
Only Kanu was granted bail on health grounds with Senator Enyinaya Abaribe as one of his sureties.
Kanu’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told AFP: “Only the army can tell us where he is. Either they arrested him or they killed him.
“If he is alive, they should bring him to the court on Tuesday (today).”
Justice ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said whether the trial would go ahead would depend on Kanu’s appearance and the judge.
“I can’t tell you specifically what will happen,” he added.
Kanu was first arrested in October 2015 and held in custody until April.
While Kanu’s brother Emmanuel, claims he was taken away by troops, the military has said its men did not arrest Kanu.
“They were so numerous. They started to shoot from 200 metres (650 feet) away. People were running for their lives. We had no guns with us,” he told the AFP.
But a former Abia State Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, said in an interview that Kanu has eloped to the United Kingdom through Malaysia.
That comment attracted criticism from IPOB and its sympathizers.
The federal government declared IPOB a “terrorist organisation” after clashes between the security forces and IPOB supporters.
Members of the group were accused of attacking military checkpoints in Umuahia.
There was also violence on Aba Road in Port Harcourt, and in Aba where a police post was burnt and a policeman killed by suspected IPOB members.