Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) finally appeared (in person) in court today to face charges levied against him by the Government, four months after he was extradited back to the country by Interpol.
Nnamdi Kanu. Photo Credit: Daily Post.
Kanu, who openly professed leadership of a proscribed group in Nigeria, was remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) by a Federal high court. Since his detention, there have been concerns from some quarters about his condition in DSS custody. His lawyer, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had, perhaps unknowingly, fueled this tension by insisting that his client is in need of medical attention.
Kanu after his arrest. Credit: Premium Times.
Kanu's continued absence from previous legal proceedings also contributed to increased concerns about how he was faring. As a result, many stakeholders had implored that the IPOB man should appear in this court proceeding so that all can be assured that he is fine, and that the rumours are just imaginations of mischievous lots looking to tarnish the image of the DSS.
Subsequently, Kanu was arraigned in person in court today. Pictures of the IPOB man in court, released to the public, indicated that all was well with the him, and that indeed, the rumours are what they are, mere rumours.
Kanu in court today. Photos Credit: BBC Pidgin.
The writer opines that the fact that Kanu seems to be alright contrary to previous reports, may help douse tension, particularly in the South-East. The region has been largely destabilized since Kanu's arrest.
Indeed, it was a good move by the DSS to finally present Kanu to the public through his court appearance today. That singular action, in my opinion, has calmed nerves and disproved rumours that all is not well with Kanu.
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