The trial of the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is scheduled to resume before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday (today), but reports say he is still missing – prompting speculation as to his whereabouts.
The Pro-Biafra leader has not been seen in public since a clash between the troops who were deployed to the southeastern city of Umuahia and members of his group in mid-September this year.
According to his lead defence lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, “my client remained missing.”
“Only the army can tell us where he is. Either they arrested him or they killed him.
“If he is alive, they should bring him to the court on Tuesday,” Ejiofor told AFP:
He said the matter would not continue if the Federal Government failed to produce him in court.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday, Ejiofor maintained that Kanu was still in the custody of the Federal Government and if not produced in court on Tuesday, the trial would not continue.
“On Tuesday, if the Federal Government fails to produce him in court, then the trial will not go on. It is simple. We have asked them to produce him in court because he is in their custody,” the lawyer said.
Tuesday will be the court’s first sitting on the case after Justice Binta Nyako granted bail to Kanu on April 25.
Kanu’s disappearance has raised fears of renewed outbreak of violence in southeastern Nigeria, 50 years after the civil war following the declaration of independence of Biafra in 1967.