IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer sues Nigerian Army, demands client’s whereabouts

Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu [Photo Credit: Pulse.ng]

Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer has sued the Nigerian Army asking the latter to produce his client in court.

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in an application filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, asked the court to compel the army to produce Mr. Kanu, leader of the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB, in court.

The Army has not admitted it has Mr. Kanu in its custody, neither has any security agency.

The IPOB leader was last seen on September 14 when clashes occurred between members of his group and soldiers on an army exercise in Abia State.

Mr. Ejiofor accused the Army of invading the residence of Mr. Kanu in Abia State and shooting at various objects and people in the house.

Mr. Kanu, who is currently facing trial for alleged treason, was last seen after the clash at his community in Abia State.

Mr. Kanu’s trial is still ongoing, although he was granted bail in April on health grounds, with 12 main conditions, most of which the Nigerian government has accused him of flouting. The trial is expected to continue on October 17.

On September 14, after the clash between IPOB and soldiers, Mr. Ejiofor alleged an invasion of his client’s home by officers of the Nigerian Army, saying that over 20 people were killed by the army with several others wounded.

Mr. Ejiofor has not provided the names of those allegedly killed or wounded during the reported raid. PREMIUM TIMES could not also independently verify the claim.

“The situation is serious. My client’s whereabouts has remained unknown. His entire house has been shattered with bullets and missiles,” Mr. Ejiofor had told PREMIUM TIMES.

None of Nigeria’s security operatives have confirmed knowledge of Mr. Kanu’s location or whereabouts since September 14.

The Nigeria Police has said it is not aware of any arrest of the IPOB leader by security operatives.

The spokesperson for the Abia State Police Command, Geoffrey Ogbonna, on Tuesday evening said he is not aware if Mr. Kanu has been arrested by security operatives.

”I have no idea about any arrest of Nnamdi Kanu by any security operatives,” Mr. Ogbonna said in a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES.

The Army also refused to comment on whether it is holding the IPOB leader in its custody.
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, refused to answer calls put through to his line by the reporter.

Similarly, calls and text messages forwarded to the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Army, Sagir Musa, were neither picked nor responded to.

When contacted, Defence spokesperson, John Enenche, a major general, said ”the military does not comment on security issues via phone calls.”

Before Mr. Ejiofor alleged that Mr. Kanu was abducted, a letter reportedly written by Mr. Kanu quoted the IPOB leader as saying that he could not attend a meeting scheduled to hold on September 19, with leaders from the South-east geopolitical zone.

The letter published by Punch newspapers also quoted Mr. Kanu’s brother, Emanuel Kanu, as saying that only his brother (Nnamdi Kanu) could disclose his whereabouts.

But in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, Mr. Kanu’s younger brother, Emanuel said his elder brother never wrote the reported letter.

“I can tell you that ever since that invasion, we have not seen my brother. What happened is that the army came to my house, ‘killed many’ and took away all the others that were alive. If Nnamdi Kanu is alive, they should tell us and quietly hand him over to the police, let them produce him. Nnamdi Kanu did not write any letter,” said his younger brother.

The Nigerian government recently secured a court order to declare IPOB a terrorist organisation.
According to the Africa Independent Television, AIT, the proscription of IPOB was gazetted by the Nigerian government on Thursday.

The labelling of IPOB, which seeks an independent country of Biafra for ethnic Igbos, as a terrorist organisation has elicited mixed reactions among Nigerians.


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  • somoye kehinde

    Person wey lost himself wuld surely make himself found!

    • Julius

      hahahahahahaha, good one but only if he is mentally sound !

    • Screw-em

      Very funny!!!….tell Ekweremadu the treasonous louse to produce the clown kanu. . . .lmbao

    • Screw-em

      Very funny. The treasonous louse Ekweremadu should produce him at his next court appearance….lol

    • tundemash

      lol !

  • dami

    The combination of illiteracy and cowardice is awful…having been banned by all the SE govs…and labled a terrorist organization Kanu has gone into hiding and is now claming arrest by sec ops…what a coward.

  • Moses Stone

    We have seen this nonsense trick before. Nnamdiot so all ya talk talk na mouth ??? ode.

    • 0tile

      Yoropig, I know you all will have your say in this, but not about the liberation of Oduduwa Republic.
      Have you washed your mouth lately?

      • marcos avelino

        Your language shows you came from a very humble background riddled with domestic violence

        • tundemash

          You know his background too well. The tout had a difficult upbringing.

        • Moses Stone

          Actually there is nothing humble about his background. He was raised in kidnappers den.

  • Rommel

    The young man should simply come out, such lousy tricks will simply not fly

  • Höly Wähala

    Yoropigs oya!
    Amala gbegiri is in the gutter for animals to sniff and snort your noses into matters unrelated to your SW, oya! Run your smelly mouths as I have not interest in bantering with untrained and incorrible jobless omoniles. Nnamdi Kanu is dead… ende! Lol.

    • Wale

      Dead ke;
      Well, if so, good riddance to sadeast rubbish.

      Ibeg mama Kelechi, give me Akpo with dog head.

      • Höly Wähala

        Middle-finger! Jobless yoropig… Go & Bathe!

        • marcos avelino

          Toxic Gory Wahala seek therapy before you implode

        • Wale

          sit on it and have fun, A-hole.

      • Tunji Olarewaju

        Sadeast?! Lolz!! Una no go kill person here o!

    • marcos avelino

      This Gory Wahala is the third of trinity of evil bigotry and hatred on this forum – One Otuuule and a third miniscule Jon . Sick demented psychos. All they have is Hausa/Fulani , The South and Middle Belt and other emotional tantrums. Sick therapy poor guy before you implode.

  • Wale

    Arrest his sureties if they are unable to provide the terrorist. Then, put a bounty of 25000.00 naira on his Azz, any ibo-man would give him up.

  • 0tile

    All Yoruba touts and their mothers will have a say on this, but they will sure play dead on Republic of Odudwa liberation. Awon omo Odua touts ko bere, oyo.

    • marcos avelino

      The trinity of toxicity on this forum – This Otuuuule one Gory Wahala and one miniscule Jon . Sick demented psychos. All they have is Hausa/Fulani , The South and Middle Belt and other emotional tantrums. Sick therapy poor guy before you implode.

  • Jon

    Buhari’s alleged illegality has reached a point where impeachment proceedings should commence. Civilized Western world has now issued a pronouncement that IPOB is not a terrorist organization. Hausa/Fulani terrorists’ herdsmen that have been killing and raping women all over Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt are all walking freely.

    Buhari’s alleged attempt to stop Restructuring will not succeed. The South and Middle Belt cannot wait until Buhari and his parasitic hausa/fulani invaders find oil in the desert of Arewa sharia Republic to commence restructuring.

    Those who refuse to restructure in accordance with the 1963 independence constitution as agreed by our founding fathers, make de-amalgamation or disintegration inevitable.

    • marcos avelino

      The trinity of toxicity on this forum – This Jon one Otule and one ory Wahala sick demented psychos. All they have is Hausa/Fulani , The South and Middle Belt and other emotional tantrums. Sick therapy before you implode.

    • marcos avelino

      Miniscule Jon its Ironsi – an Ibo man who tore the 1963 independence constitution. Now Ibos want that back again !

      • I sigh

        Go and learn history and stop ridding the band wagon. Ironsi never dismantled the 4 regions or change the economic formula we had, moreover, he did not topple any Government.

        • Wale

          Stop reading “history” upside down; Ironsi carried out coup within a coup. Ya’all greediness is out of bounds.

          • I sigh

            Bo coup has one participant. Ironsi had 4 regions and same economic formula as the 1963 constitution stipulated.

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, ask your Rep in the senate to initiate the impeachment proceedings. Talk is cheap online !

  • marcos avelino

    How I wished they had made minced meat of the cowardly imbecile. He is just hiding trying to draw sympathy. He boasted that who ever comes to arrest him will die. Now he is feigning arrest. Cowardly animal you will soon die , Good riddance to bad rubbish

  • Col. M. Mariam

    Muhari killed a man who did absolutely nothing wrong but to ask for his right to self-determination. I hope the hideous tyrant goes home for good real soon.

    • tundemash

      Fake soldier, where were you when your god and C-in-C was being attacked ? Empty barrel!

  • tundemash

    Army should produce a man who claimed anyone who tried to arrest him would not leave SE alive ? When the coward is tired of living in the shit hole he is hiding, he will surface.

  • thusspokez

    Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer has sued the Nigerian Army asking the latter to produce his client in court.

    Next time, Ifeanyi Ejiofor goes to court, he mustn’t forget to take along with him the evidence, eye-witness accounts, photos, videos to support his claim that the Nigerian army has his client.

    Indeed one could justifiable argue that Ifeanyi Ejiofor is partly responsible for the bother that his client is in. As Kanu’s lawyer, he should have advised his client about the law, and resign in protest if his client refuses to adhere to his advice.

  • Iweka Okparaocha

    If Nnamdi Kanu was killed or injured on September 14, 2017 President Muhammed Buhari is responsible. He will be impeached and tried for murder. The President is responsible because he gave the order as the commander in chief of the armed forces and nobody is above the law. He can not kill Nnamdi Kanu and claim Biafran agitators are terrorist. This is not the first time the Northerners has done this kind of a thing, the time Irunsi was killed by Northerners which Buhari was part of it, the North kept his body for long time and in secret before coming to their senses causing a lot of anger and civil war. I believe the Northerners are taking us for granted and I don’t blem them, because a lot of Igbos are carwords this days, even the South East Governors and Hausa/Fulani has taken advantage of it. No law or constitution of any democratic nation allowed a President to commit or carry out an intentional murder of innocent people, it will not happen in Egypt, England, United States, France or Israel. I think this has to stop immediately by the law makers and reduce his powers or to hell with the nations unity being forced on people.

    • Jazzy Jeff

      Well said! God bless you for speaking the truth!!

      • Adewale

        Birds of equal wings…nonsense!

    • Adewale


  • Roseline Obiageli Metuh Uwakah

    buhari is not only a murderer, he’s also a terrorist leader, a jihadist, a vampire, etc. And most of all a professional lair. And funny enough, his main objective was to fight corruption.

    But my people, how on earth do you think that a corrupt person will ever fight corruption. shine your eyes. As for you, mr buhari, your case is settled. He who lives by sword, must definitely die by sword. Take it or live it

  • Moses Stone

    I know very well that some internet trolls that were raised in Kidnappers den will agree with this lunatic. When he was busy boasting, his followers never knew it was all lies and stupidity.