Nigerians Protest In Israel Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Detention

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 Nigerians Protest In Israel Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Detention
A protestor holds a banner in front of a Biafra flag as he takes part in a demonstration in Durban, South Africa, on May 30, 2019 during a Freedom March for Biafra held worldwide and organised by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mark the anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence in 1967 that sparked a brutal 30-month civil war in Nigeria. (Photo by RAJESH JANTILAL / AFP) (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Nigerians mostly from South-East and South-West extraction turned out in their numbers on Tuesday to protest in Tel Aviv, Israel, against the continued detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The protesters chanted “Free Nnamdi Kanu” as they marched from the Phillipino Garden and headed for the British Embassy on Hayakon Street, Tel Aviv.

According to a Facebook live video seen by SaharaReporters, the protesters wore Biafran flags and marched on the road as they sang solidarity songs.

There have been protests within and outside Nigeria since the arrest of Kanu on June 18.

Recall that Nigerians living in London, United Kingdom, had on July 1 also protested.

Some of the protesters waved the Biafran flag in a video obtained by SaharaReporters as they chanted, “Free Nnamdi Kanu now”, “Free Nnamdi Kanu now.”

Kanu is a British and a Nigerian citizen and it is believed that he had been staying in the UK.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had first announced the arrest of Kanu, while listing out his offences and insisting that he must continue his court trial in earnest.

Kanu was blindfolded and sneaked into the courtroom by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in handcuffs while his legs were also chained.

He was hurriedly taken to Court 2 where the presiding judge told the prosecution lawyer, Shuaib Labaran to inform the defence counsel of the new date for the continuation of the trial.

The prosecution applied that Kanu jumped bail and wanted him to be remanded at DSS custody. The court granted the application.

Justice Muritala Nyako has adjourned the matter to July 26, 2021.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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