The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB ) Nnamdi Kanu was arrested on Sunday and brought to Nigeria, the country’s attorney general Abubakar Malami said on Tuesday.
A government-owned news agency reported that the IPOB leader appeared before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Kanu, who was brought to the court amidst tight security, arrived at the court at about 1:40 pm.
At a joint press briefing on Tuesday with the State Security Service (SSS) in Abuja, Mr Malami disclosed that international collaborative efforts with security agencies led to Mr Kanu’s arrest and repatriation to Nigeria.
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Mr Kanu and his co-defendant are facing treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Mr Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.
The Nigerian government obtained a court order on September 20, 2017, to designate IPOB a terrorist group and to proscribe it.
Mr Malami said Mr Kanu, 53, was arrested on Sunday, through “collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and Security Services.” He did not give details about where he was arrested.