#FreeNnamdiKanu ongoing in London

By Sixtus Iwuji, Wednesday July 28, 2021

Newwavereporters gathered that Nigerians living and resident in London, United Kingdom, have in the early hours of Wednesday, July 28, begun a protest to demand the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who was arrested by the Nigerian government in Kenya in June, 2021, and extradited to Nigeria.

Almost all the protesters waved the Biafran flag in a video obtained by Newwavereporters as they chanted, “Free Nnamdi Kanu now”, “Free Nnamdi Kanu now.”

The protesters took advantage of the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari in London for his routine medical checkup to pass the message of #FreeNnamdiKanu to him in Abuja House London.

The IPOB leader who is a British and a Nigerian citizen is base in the UK. The protest is prompted
by the failure of Department of State Services, DSS, to bring him before the Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High court, Abuja, on Monday July 26, 2021,

Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had first announced the arrest of Kanu, while listing his offences and insisting that he must continue his court trial in earnest.

Malami, in the text of his press conference in Abuja had noted that the IPOB leader, apart from jumping bail, has been “accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions.”

Malami continued,
“He has been brought back to Nigeria in order to continue facing trial after disappearing while on bail regarding an 11 counts against him.

“It is recalled that Kanu was arrested on 14th October, 2015 on 11 counts bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.

“A judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health grounds and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for hearing.

“He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions.

“Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities,” Malami stated.


Meanwhile, it was alleged that Kanu was blindfolded and sneaked into the courtroom by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in handcuffs while his legs were also chained.

Sources said he was hurriedly taken to Court 2 where the presiding judge told the prosecution lawyer, Shuaib Labaran, to inform the defence counsel of the new date of  July 26 for the continuation of the trial.

Journalists were prevented from filming Kanu as he was shielded and taken through the back door.

The prosecution failed to produce Kanu in court on the adjourned date of July 26, forcing the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako to a date in October 2021.

The inability of the DSS to produce Kanu in court on Monday has led to concerns about his well being as his lawyers informed the court that the DSS has refused both his family and counsels access to him, Justice Nyako hence ordered the DSS to grant his family and counsel access to Kanu two times a week.

Nigerians in London are therefore demanding that Buhari should release Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally.

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