On the 21st of October, 2021, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu appeared before Binta Nyako’s federal high court Abuja to continue with the charges levelled against him by the Nigerian government.
How it all Began (why Kanu left Nigeria
Kanu was said to have jumped bail in September, 2019, and was later seen in Israel after many months of not knowing his whereabouts.
It was made clear that Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu never jumped bail on that very day. In preparation to come to court, the federal government sent her deadly less-educated military boys to attack the home of the freedom fighter.
In his home at Afara Ukwu Ibekwu, Umuahia in Abia state, came the men in military regalia. They stormed the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in a commando style. Not less than 28 people lost their lives that very day including a dog.
They died while trying to protect Nnamdi Kanu from being harmed. Those who survived with him ensured he escaped through the nearest backdoor.
Months later, a video clip of Nnamdi Kanu praying in Jerusalem surfaced and trended. The Nigerian government, after noticing that their first mission of assassinating him had failed, went ahead to reopen his court case in Nigeria.
On many occasions, they wrote to the government of Israel to deport Nnamdi Kanu but all their applications fell on deaf ears.
Nnamdi Kanu travelled from one country to the other. During his travels, he preached the gospel of Biafra’s restoration.
The freedom fighter, through his online broadcasts, won the support of 98% of Igbos both at home and in the diaspora.
How Nnamdi Kanu Returned to Nigeria
In July, Kanu was kidnapped in Kenya during one of his international trips. He was kidnapped by the Nigerian government through the support of the Kenyan government.
Kanu was illegally repatriated to Nigeria to continue with his court cases that were reopened at the federal high court Abuja.
His case on the 26th of August was adjourned to the 21st of Oct. 2021 due to failure to produce him in court by members of the DSS.
His Court Case on the 21st of October
On the 21st of October, 2021, Nnamdi Kanu was arraigned at Binta Nyako’s federal high court Abuja.
On this very day, the entire Igboland was on total lockdown as a way to protest for the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
Igbo lawyers who came in solidarity with the IPOB leader were denied access into the courtyard. Members of the press were denied their constitutional rights as members of the press.
Members of the DSS who were on ground to curb every security challenge were ordered never to allow any pressman or woman into the courtyard. Only a few of the press were allowed to enter the courtroom.
An activist like Sowore was also denied access into the courtyard with the excuse that he had no case in the court.
Nnamdi Kanu pleaded “Not Guilty” after the seven amended count charges against him were read to him.
Binta Nyako finally adjourned the case to continue on the 10th of November, 2021.
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu pleaded for Kanu to be transferred to Kuje correctional centre in Abuja but the court denied him the application stating that Nnamdi Kanu is more secured in the hands of the DSS than taking him to Kuje prison.
Ejiofor equally noted that the court has given the order that any person is free to see him as long as basic requirements are met. He is no longer restricted to only his lawyers and members of his family.
Despite the tight security at the high court, Biafrans never stopped to show their true identity.
They danced around and sang praises to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Irrespective of the fact that they were warned never to come in solidarity with Nnamdi Kanu, Biafrans in Abuja proved to the military and police officers that all they wanted was the freedom of Biafrans and that of their fearless leader, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The case was adjourned to the 10th of November, 2021. With the hope that Biafrans will emerge victoriously.
Barrister Ejiofor supported the above assertion through his Twitter post. Check below.