The leader of Pro-Biafra separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has said he left Nigeria because Nigerian courts could not guarantee his protection.
Kanu suddenly disappeared in September 2017 following the deployment of troops to the southeastern city of Umuahia but was seen in the public in Jerusalem on last week Thursday.
“I did not jump bail, I left because the court failed to protect me,” Kanu said in a Facebook broadcast on Sunday
“What they are charging me does not exist. I don’t have any weapon. My only weapon is my microphone and my courage.”
Kanu had been arrested in October 2015 by the Nigerian government and was granted bail in April 2017.
Justice Binta Nyako ordered him not to attend any rally, grant interviews or be in a gathering of more than 10 persons.
His whereabouts had been widely speculated following the military operation in the South east with his lawyer saying in March that the government was in a better position to tell the court about the whereabouts of his client.
“(The government) should be in a better position to explain to court where he is.”
Kanu also insisted in his Sunday’s broadcast that he could not be tried by the court in Nigeria.
“The Nigerian court is a Kangaroo court…
“I shall not be honouring the court. I cannot be tried by a court I do not recognise. The zoo called Nigeria cannot jail me. I will fight till the last day. Till now, Binta Nyanko’s court has yet to hold a hearing about the circumstances that led the Nigerian Army to come to my house to kill 28 people. Only upon a clear pronouncement of the intentions of that very court, which I suggest to them should be free, will this very case move forward.
“Going forward, there must be guarantee from the international community so that this case can proceed and I will prove once and for all that there is something fundamentally wrong with the brains of those that rule Nigeria.”