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Nnamdi Kanu (born 25th September, 1967) is a Nigerian political activist based in the United Kingdom. He is the director of a London-based radio station, Radio Biafra. Kanu is one of the influential people in Nigeria even though he fights for the independence of a faction of Nigeria which majorly cuts across South South and South East.

He is currently 54 years old. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The main aim of IPOB is to create an independent state for the people of old Eastern Region of Nigeria through referendum.

Nnamdi Kanu Wikipedia/Profile

Name

Nnamdi Kanu

Real Names

Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu

Date of Birth

25th September 1967

Age

54 Years (2021)

State of Origin

Abia State

Tribe

Igbo

Occupation

Activist

Affiliation

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

Religion

Judaism

Net Worth

$15,000,000

Biafra Agitators

Nnamdi Kanu Biography

Nnamdi Kanu is a British/Nigerian political activist, political economist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He was born on 25th September 1967 in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents. He is currently 54 years old. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The main aim of IPOB is to create an independent state for the people of old Eastern Region of Nigeria through referendum.

Kanu was born in Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State, the Republic of Biafra. His father is Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP) and his mother, Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu is the director of a UK registered radio station named Radio Biafra.

Nnamdi Kanu Age

How old is Nnamdi Kanu now? He is currently 54 years old

Nnamdi Kanu Educational Qualification

Nnamdi Kanu attended Library Avenue Primary School Umuahia and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After which he proceeded to Government College Umuahia and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. After completing his primary and secondary school education, Nnamdi Kanu attended University of Nigeria Nsukka and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and Master Degree in Political Science before proceeding to the United Kingdom to further his education. While in the UK he attended London Metropolitan University and obtained a doctorate Degree in Political Science.

Activism

Awareness

On 5 September 2015, Nnamdi Kanu was a guest speaker at the World Igbo Congress which was held in Los Angeles, where he told his audience “we need guns and we need bullets”. In an interview in June 2017, Kanu explained his comment saying that he demanded for bullets and guns from a group of US-based Nigerians for self-defense against the incessant attacks on Igbos by Fulani herdsmen which were currently reoccurring in Biafra lands.

Civil disobedience

Kanu’s pronounced strategy has been the application of civil disobedience in pressing home his demand for the freedom of his people. In various air broadcasts, Nnamdi Kanu stated how his adoption of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi’s forms of civil disobedience will lead to the “restoration of Biafra”. In an interview granted to Newsweek, Nnamdi Kanu opined his belief in the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, “I hope that what we are looking for can be accomplished peacefully. I am an advocate of passive resistance. Gandhi and Martin Luther King tried it to very good effects, so why should it not work in our case?”

Prior to the 2019 presidential election, IPOB had threatened to boycott the election. According to the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, “It [the boycott] is a multi-faceted approach. It is civil disobedience, passive resistance, it is an expression of our resentment of Nigeria and what it represents”. His position on election boycotts was widely criticised by local Nigerian politicians who argued to the contrary. On the eve of the election, Nnamdi Kanu lifted the boycott position and urged Biafrans to participate in the election after which he described as his condition as “signed, sealed and delivered”. His shift was received in different quarters as being open to the appeal and opinions of others.

Imprisonment

Arrest

On 18 October 2015, it was reported that Kanu had been arrested in Lagos State by Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS). Kanu had told his solicitors that on 14 October 2015, he was arrested by the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the State Security Service (SSS), in his hotel room at the Golden Tulip Essential Hotel Ikeja, Lagos State. The solicitors in a press briefing said, between 14 and 17 October 2015 their client’s whereabouts were unknown until 18 October 2015, when the press media broke the news of his arrest and detention by the SSS in Abuja. The news of the arrest of Kanu generated protests across Delta State, Enugu State, Rivers State, Cross River State, Abia State, Imo State, Akwa Ibom Sate, Bayelsa State and Anambra State.

Detention

On 19 October 2015, it was reported that Nnamdi Kanu had been granted bail after a secret arraignment at Magistrate Court, Wuse 11. However, the bail seemed “controversial” and there were claims the DSS announced the bail only “to calm the angry people of Biafra”.

Office

Court jurisdiction

The Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Abuja on 18 November 2015 ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce Kanu at the court on 23 November 2015. However, it was reported the Department of State Services (DSS) obtained a “secret court order to detain Nnamdi Kanu”. Kanu’s lawyer, Obetta, in an interview said whilst in court, the prosecutor gave him a document containing a court order permitting the Department of State Services (DSS) to detain Kanu for the next three months to “conclude what they said was an investigation of terrorism and terrorism financing”.

Court trial

Kanu was finally arraigned on 23 November 2015 in an Abuja Magistrate Court for the first time for charges of “criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation” by Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS). The charges violate “Section 97, 97B and 397” of Nigeria’s penal code. Chief Magistrate S. Usman had, at the last adjourned date, berated the Department of State Services (DSS) over its failure to produce Kanu in court on the two consecutive times the matter came up before the court. Meanwhile, Kanu’s supporters stormed Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja in luxury buses on a peaceful protest for their leader who was arraigned by the Federal Government before the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate Court, Abuja on 23 November 2015. Pro-Biafra protesters with placards sang and danced outside the court premises whilst the hearing proceeded. Protesters wore T-shirts and caps with inscriptions like “Biafra Now or Never”, “Buhari Release Kanu For Us”, “On Biafra We Stand”. More protests by IPOB members numbering over 15,000 grounded vehicular movements in the southeastern key economic city of Onitsha concurrently. It was the same with over 20,000 protesters in Aba, Abia State on the same day.

Kanu, through his counsel, filed an application asking the federal authorities to transfer him from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to prison. His lawyer, Obetta, insisted that transferring his client to prison would enable him to have easy access to his legal team.

Whilst in court, the Department of State Services (DSS) requested the Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, to discontinue the trial of Nnamdi Kanu under section 108(1) of administration of criminal justice act 2015. Idakwo further said the Department of State Services (DSS) had obtained an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated 10 November, to detain the accused in its custody for 90 days. However, Kanu’s lawyer Obetta objected to the continued detention of his client. Obetta prayed the court not to discontinue the case because the prosecution did not present any information from the Attorney-General of Nigeria Federation who had the authority to approve such. Obetta also told the court that “the DSS violated the order of the court which granted bail that was perfected but not granted, adding that the accused had been in Department of State Services (DSS) custody since he was arrested.” The court’s magistrate, Usman Shuaibu, after listening to both counsels, adjourned the matter until 1 December 2015 for ruling.

He is still wanted by the Nigerian authority after committing treason causing the death of so many eastern youths.

Prison release

On 20 October 2015, Vanguard announced that Kanu had been released on bail. However, media sources supporting the objectives of IPOB called the bail “controversial” and claimed the DSS announced the bail only “to calm the angry people of Biafra”. Kanu has finally been released on bail by Justice Binta Nyako for health reasons.

Disappearance

Kanu disappeared from public view after his home was raided by the Nigerian military in September 2017. There had been speculations regarding his whereabouts for over a year with members of his IPOB accusing the Buhari government of masterminding his abduction. He would later reappear in October 2018 after photographs and videos of him in Israel were widely circulated on social media. He has continued to tour various countries in Europe while a case of treason brought against him by the government of Nigeria continues to lie pending.

Nnamdi Kanu Controversy

Kanu has since the beginning of his advocacy made highly controversial comments on various occasions.

  • Sometime in 2017, a video of Kanu was released wherein he issued an open death threat to former Nigerian president Chief Obasanjo. He had told a gathering of supporters at his home that if any harm comes to him, members of IPOB should eliminate Obasanjo and his lineage. This was in reference to Obasanjo’s statement at a gathering in Abuja that all must be done to Stop IPOB.
This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021 shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs
  • In June 2021, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu was rearrested and brought back to Nigeria. He was intercepted on June 27. Kanu is expected to be re-arraigned before the Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial. This was made known at a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

Nnamdi Kanu Family

Nnamdi Kanu and his Wife

Nnamdi Kanu wife: Nnamdi Kanu is married to Uchechi Kanu and blessed with a baby boy who was delivered in an undisclosed hospital.

Nnamdi Kanu Son: Nnamdi Kanu has two children – two sons. The name of Nnamdi Kanu’s son is Nnabuikem Nnamdi Okwu Kanu which he had with his wife, Uchechi Okwu Kanu and another one he had with another lady before marrying Uchechi Okwu.

Nnamdi Kanu Son

Nnabuikem Nnamdi Okwu Kanu, Nnamdi Kanu and his wife, Uchechi Okwu Kanu welcomed their first child together on January 5th 2016. Nnamdi Kanu’s son was born in the United Kingdom.

Nnamdi Kanu celebrated his son’s 5th birthday on 5th January 2021.

Nnamdi Kanu Twitter

Nnamdi Kanu twitter account is @MaziNnamdiKanu

Nnamdi Kanu Net Worth

The leader of IPOB is estimated to have a net worth of $15,000,000. Though his was rumoured to have led IPOB and Radio Biafra with deciet, he still remains the leader of the group even after being accused of money embezzlement.

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