During his trial, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja, on Tuesday, complimented Nnamdi Kanu’s looks and “white bear bear” as she called it.
Newsbreak reports that Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since he was rearrested in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria in June 2021.
The Nigerian separatist leader, who heads the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is standing trial for charges that include terrorism and broadcasting falsehoods.
Kanu, also a British citizen, has denied all the charges, which are linked to broadcasts he made between 2018 and last year.
IPOB, which Kanu founded in 2014, is pressing for the secession of a part of southeast Nigeria where the majority of the population belongs to the Igbo ethnic group.
An attempt by Igbo separatists to secede as the Republic of Biafra in 1967 – the year that Kanu was born – triggered a three-year civil war that killed more than one million people.
Since Kanu’s trials began in Abuja, IPOB has ordered residents of the southeast to “sit-at-home”, a form of civil disobedience to show solidarity with Kanu.
The IPOB campaign has crippled small businesses and routinely disrupted other economic activity in the five states of the region.