A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday ordered Orji Uzor Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, to appear before it on November 14 to explain the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, who has been missing since 2017.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to Kanu, who filed the request for the subpoena, provided a copy of the summons to newsmen on Friday.
The subpoena, entitled; ‘Orji Uzor Kalu House, adjacent Bannex Flyover, beside the ever-busy Wuse-Jahi-Gwarimpa, Abuja’, had the stamp of the Federal High Court and signature of an unidentified judge appended on it.
Ejiofor had requested that Kalu be summoned before Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, because he had made some statements regarding the location of the IPOB leader recently.
It read, ““You are commanded in the name of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to attend before this Court on the 14th day of November 2018, at 9 O’clock in the forenoon, and so from day to day till the above use is tried, to give evidence on behalf of the Defendant, with regards to your knowledge on the whereabouts of the Defendant as contained in your interview granted to Press/Media on the 18th of September, 2018, after your visit to the former Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida in Minna, which interview was widely reported both on print and online media.”
Kanu was declared missing after the Nigerian Army invaded his home in Afara-Ukwu, Abia State, during the ‘Operation Python Dance’ to quell the agitation by Biafara secessionists in September 2017.
Kanu was on trial by the federal government on charges of treasonable felony alongside some alleged IPOB members for allegedly promoting a secessionist agenda before his disappearance, thereby stalling the case.