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Breaking: IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu arrested and repatriated back to Nigeria

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The Federal Government has arrested the leader of the proscribed Indegeniuos People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday, revealed that Kanu was arrested and brought back to Nigeria on Sunday.

He said the arrest followed a collaborative effort between security agencies in Nigeria and the Interpol.

Malami further disclosed that Kanu would be taken before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and management of an unlawful society.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) campaign group, was first arrested in October 2015 on charges of criminal conspiracy and belonging to an illegal society.

He was freed on bail on medical grounds in April of that year but has not been seen in Nigeria since an army raid on his house five months later.

Kanu has not attended court dates since then but images of him in Israel surfaced on social media in October last year, he then left for the United Kingdom.

In December 2020, Kanu announced the formation of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional security force. Kanu later gave all the governors of southeast Nigeria 14 days to ban open-grazing, threatening to deploy the ESN to enforce a ban if the authorities did not do so.

The Nigerian army and air force renewed hostilities on February 18 by launching a military offensive against the ESN.

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