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FG seeks court’s order to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu


Political activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Nnamdi Kanu (L), wearing a Jewish prayer shawl, poses in the garden of his house in Umuahia, southeast Nigeria, on May 26, 2017, before commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war on May 30.<br />The war was triggered when the Igbo people, the main ethnic group in the southeast, declared an independent breakaway state, the Republic of Biafra. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

• IPOB Rejects Withdrawal Of Quit Notice, Asks Igbo To Leave North

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), yesterday approached the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, seeking an order to revoke the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on April 25, this year.

The federal government also sought an arrest and committing of Kanu to custody, pending trial.Kanu was in April granted bail after failing to honour several orders of court ordering his unconditional bail.

The notice was brought pursuant to Section 169 and 173 (2) (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.According to the AGF, the application is based on the grounds that: “Kanu is standing trial for alleged offences of conspiracy to commit acts of treasonable felony, treasonable felony and other related offences before this Honourable Court.

“That the offence for which he is standing trial is not ordinarily bailable.”That due to the magnanimity of this Honourable Court and its quest for justice and fairness, he was granted bail on health grounds on 25th April, 2017.

“That among other conditions for the bail of the 1st defendant is that he should not be seen in a crowd exceeding 10 people.”And that he should not grant any interviews, hold or attend any rallies.”Others are: “That he should file in court medical updates of his health status every month.

“That rather than observing all of the conditions listed above, the 1st defendant, in flagrant disobedience to the court order, flouted all conditions of the bail.”The 1st defendant has in furtherance to the offence he was charged, inaugurated Biafra Security Service and that such an act is a grave threat to national security and unity of the country.”

Meanwhile, IPOB yesterday described as “inconsequential,” Thursday’s withdrawal of the quit notice issued to Igbo in the northern part of the country by October 1, this year, by the Arewa youths, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups.Speaking through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB asked the Arewa youths to “stick to the quit notice,” if they have any “honour” and urged all Igbo and other southerners resident in the core north to discountenance the withdrawal of the notice and return home.

IPOB noted that history had shown that the withdrawal of the notice does not mean that the lives and property of the Igbo are no longer endangered in the north. Just as the Arewa youths insisted on the re-arrest of Kanu, IPOB also urged the Federal Government to arrest leaders of the northern group.

“If President Muhammadu Buhari is at all serious about clamping down on hate speech, he should arrest those behind the ‘quit notice,’ along with their sponsors,” IPOB said.

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