Dispirited Kanu in handcuffs shipped from the UK to face trial which started in 2015
Nnamdi Kanu looked crestfallen, downcast and dispirited as he was led away from Abuja High Court today after Justice Binta Nyako ordered that the fugitive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, be remanded in Department of State Services, DSS custody.

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami had earlier today told the press that Nnamdi Kanu had been arrested. While he did not give details of how and where the IPOB leader was apprehended, it is now coming to light that Kanu was arrested through the collaboration of Nigeria intelligence agencies with their foreign counterparts.

Justice Nyako before granting the request of the prosecuting counsel Shuaib Labaran that Kanu be remanded in the custody of the DSS, ordered an accelerated hearing of the matter. Kanu had no representation in court today but the judge urged that his counsel be briefed about his arraignment.

Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest is the talking point on mainstream and social media in Nigeria and around the world. Commenters are split for and against his arrest. Those for his arrest welcome the development as it would doused the agitation from the eastern part of the country while those against are of the view that it would exacerbate the problem.

Kanu was first arraigned by the Nigerian government in 2015 on 11 count charges of terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods among others. He jumped bail in 2017 and has since been declared wanted by the government.