#BounceExclusive: What Nnamdi Kanu's Disappearance Means As Trial Resumes
Where is Kanu?
The name, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is gradually fading away after it was proscribed by the Nigerian government, but a man whose name is almost synonymous with that group is still alive and has a case to answer.
Nnamdi Kanu is the self-acclaimed leader of IPOB. A group that has recently heightened agitations for the re-establishment of outlawed Biafra.
Their quest for freedom was, however, quenched after the military and its python danced in the region.
After that clash the group's leader, who is facing trial, went into hiding with reports that he left Nigeria for London.
Another report claims he has crossed over to the free world, United States of America.
The Trial Continues
His trial in Nigeria will resume on Tuesday, October 17, a date set by the Federal High Court in the nation's capital city.
He had been released from detention on April 28.
Mr Kanu was arrested in Lagos on October 14, 2015 on treasonable charges.
After pressure was mounted on federal authorities locally and internationally, he was granted bail and give conditions which the government claims he failed to respect.
A Lagos based lawyer, Tomi Vincent, says a few things will happen if Kanu fails to show up in court, a situation that is near certainty.
The proscription of IPOB will not in any way affect the trial of the leader. He explains the matter had been heard by the court before the group was disbanded.
But Nnmadi Kanu's failure to appear in court on Tuesday could mean trouble for some persons.
When Kanu got his bail, a few persons stood as sureties and they may not have known that a day of reckoning would come so soon.
They were not privy of the fact that the Nigerian government will launch an operation in the south east area that will force Kanu into hiding.
Would they have taken that step if they were aware of the trouble that is knocking on their doors?
They stand a chance of being arrested and tried if Mr Kanu do not show up in court, Mr Vincent said.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom Okabemadu and a Chartered Accountant, Tochukwu Uchendu are his sureties and their hearts may be beating fast as the clock ticks towards Tuesday.
One person many people will think has a covering that may stop him from being tried is the Senator, whom, could have some level of immunity.
But Senator Abaribe threw that immunity away the very day he put his signature to paper as a surety for the now hiding leader of IPOB who dresses like a Jew.
Abaribe could be arrested and tried.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Prosecution, Okoi-Obono Obla had said that "the implication of the failure of Kanu to appear in court on the next adjourned date on those who stood sureties for his recognisance is that his recognisance shall be forfeited.
"It follows that Kanu’s three sureties will be ordered to pay 100 million Naira each. Where sufficient cause is not shown by the sureties or the persons bound and the penalty is not paid, the court may recover the penalty from the person bound or from his estate if he is dead, in the manner laid down in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, for the recovery of fine.
"However, where the penalty is not paid and cannot be recovered in the manner laid down by the law, the person bound shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months".
Kanu had disappeared after military invaded his home in Aba as part of the Operation Egwu Eke II.
The legality of that invasion is another issue that Kanu may pursue in court.
His family has accused the military of killing him and have also claimed they have a video that showed military men looting the home of the Biafra Lover.
The Nigerian Army has denied that allegation.
Again I ask, where is Nnamdi Kanu?