The detained director of pirate Radio Biafra who is also the leader of the pro-secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu, was produced before an Abuja court on Monday.
A magistrate last Wednesday ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce Mr Kanu in court on Monday.
The DSS had been expected to produce him in court last week, but failed to do so.
Mr Kanu is facing treasonable felony charges as well as running an illegal radio through which hate messages were allegedly relayed.
The trial is to be transferred to the High Court as the charges were beyond the competence of the magistrate’s court.
The clamour for his release is one of the demands fuelling secessionist protests in Nigeria’s Igbo heartland in the south-east.
The protests across towns in the five states have become a major concern and necessitated a stakeholders meeting.
The five states
Igbo leaders, led by governors of the five states, resolved on Sunday to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of the ‘marginalisation’ of the community.
The resolution came at the end of a meeting in Enugu summoned by the governors to discuss the security implications of the continued agitation for secession by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (Massob) and IPOB.
The leaders agreed to dialogue with members of Massob and IPOB with a view to ending the protests now rocking the old eastern region.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW