Nnamdi Kanu, head of Biafra Indigenous People (IPOB), told the high federal court on Tuesday, in Abuja, that if he did not jump bail Nigeria after he was given bail, he would have been killed.
He spoke when, before Justice Binta Nyako had decided on trial, he was ordered to be detained at the Department of State Service (DSS) facility.
After counseling the Federal Attorney General, Shuaibu Labaran’s, Nyako ordered the Nnamdi Kanu’s remand to court, told the court that he had jumped bail, been rearrested, and put on trial.
But, once the judge ordered his DSS custody, Kanu indicated that he wanted to communicate.
Nnamdi Kanu had sought to warrant his leaving Nigeria to the court when he was allowed. He had fled from Nigeria.
He has insisted that he did not jump bail
He told the court that when his house was raided he opted to go underground, but could get away.
He could have been slaughtered just like other members of the group if he had not escaped. Kanu remarked.
But J. Nyako told Kanu in his reply not to get distracted in standing up to his trial.
She advised him for the trial to meet with his lawyer.
Previously, Justice Nyako, on a request by the Federal Government lawyer, had postponed the case to 26 July for the continuation of proceedings.
Kanu was detained on 14 October 2015 on 11 counts of terrorism-bound charges, treasonable crime, managing an unlawful society, dissemination of defamatory material, illegally owning firearms and incorrect imports of products, etc.
But Kanu’s bail on health-related grounds was withdrawn and a banking warrant for arrest was issued because of his failure to attend for hearing in court.
Upon bail, he was charged with subversive actions that include inciting violence against Nigeria and the Nigerian government and institutions through television, radio, and online broadcasting.