I might have been killed if I didn’t jump bail, Nnamdi Kanu tells Justice Nyako

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The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he might have been killed if he didn’t jump bail in 2017.

Kanu disclosed this on Tuesday when he was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kanu indicated his interest to talk after the judge ruled that he should be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS).

He told the court that he decided to go underground because his house was raided but he was able to escape.

Kanu said if he had not escaped, he might have been killed like other members of the group.

The judge, who advised him not to feel discomfiture to stand his trial, urged him to get across to his lawyer for the trial.

The counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Shuaibu Labaran, had earlier told the court that the defendant (Kanu), who jumped bail, had been arrested and produced in court.

Labaran urged the court for an order detaining the arrested IPOB leader at the DSS facility pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

Justice Nyako, who granted the plea, adjourned the matter until July 26 for trial continuation.

Theleadng reports that Kanu was arrested on Oct. 14, 2015 on 11 count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.

A judge at the Federal High Court, Abuja revoked Kanu’s bail that was granted him on health ground and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for hearing.

He has, upon jumping bail, been accused of engaging in subversive activities that include inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against Nigeria and Nigerian State and institutions.

Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police forces and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities.