By Chioma Iruke
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu would be detained under the custody of the Department State Security (DSS) Justice Binta Murtala Nyako ordered on Tuesday at The Federal High Court, Abuja.
This followed his re-arrest and arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
Nyako ordered the DSS to inform Kanu’s lawyers of his detention and adjourned the case to July 26, 2021.
Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN, earlier announced that Kanu was extradited from the United Kingdom to Nigeria on Sunday.
Kanu was arrested through joint efforts between the Nigerian and UK authorities Malami said.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the federal high court in Abuja in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.
He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.
He has also been on the run after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state.
IPOB was later declared a terrorist group by the defence headquarters and court after the south-east governors proscribed it.
Despite the court’s insistence on his appearance, the IPOB leader has remained abroad, and once said he jumped bail to pursue the cause of Biafra.