An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has ordered the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Justice Binta Nyako-led court gave the order while deploring the continued absence of Kanu from court.
Justice Nyako also revoked the bail she granted Kanu in 2017, and directed that the proceedings of the trial will still continue even in the IPOB leader’s absence.
It would be recalled that Kanu, who was charged to court for treasonable felony by the federal government, was in the course of trial granted bail on heath ground aside other conditions on April 25, 2017.
However, Kanu went underground in September 2017 following the deployment of troops to the Southeast when his Umuahia country home was allegedly raided by soldiers.
The pro-Biafra separatist was later seen in Jerusalem on October 19.
He made a Facebook broadcast on October 21 where he said he left Nigeria because he could not get the necessary protection from the court.
Following his absence, Kanu’s three sureties under a N100 million bond each in aggregate of N300 million, have been in a legal battle to show cause why they should not produce Kanu or individually forfeit their bail bond to the Federal government.
However, after the ensuing legal fireworks by the sureties’ counsels in the persons of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish priest, Immanuel Shalom and an accountant, Tochukwu Uchendu, the matter was adjourned sine die.
But Nyako also affirmed that the court had separated Kanu’s trial from other defendants since March 20, 2018, yet Kanu has continuously failed to appear before the court.