The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday ordered the arrest of the acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
The judge, Justice Binta Nyako, noted that Kanu had failed to appear in court since April 25 2017 , hence his trial on charges of treasonable felony should proceed even in his absence.
In his response, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said Kanu’s disappearance was to secure his life, as military men invaded his home in Abia State, sometimes ago.
In her judgement, Nyako said Kanu had violated the conditions and terms of the bail granted him, recalling that he had earlier been granted bail in the previous year.
Furthermore, she noted that those who had guaranteed his bail, applied to the court to withdraw their suretyship as they could not account for his whereabouts.
She noted that on March 28, 2018, Kanu’s trial was separated from that of his four other co-defendants in order to avoid delays of the other persons’ trial.
“I have given the counsel for the defendant more than enough time to produce him in court.
Therefore, by virtue of Section 252(4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, the only option open to do is to order that the trial will continue in his absence.
“Also, in the absence of any reasonable explanation for his absence, I hereby revoke his bail and order that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest”, She added.
June 18 has been fixed for a fresh trial ti begin, with or without his presence in court.