IN SHORT: Indigenous People of Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is still in custody in the capital Abuja. Facebook posts claiming he’s been released are false.
The DSS is a state agency that deals with internal security.
The video, dated 11 October 2023, is captioned: “Nnamdi Kanu has finally been released.”
Kanu is a political activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), a group seeking the restoration of the Republic of Biafra. Biafra is a region in south-eastern Nigeria. Its secession in 1967 triggered a civil war. When the war ended in 1970, the region was reintegrated into Nigeria.
Kanu and the law
Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on several charges including publishing defamatory material, terrorism and possession of firearms.
No reporting of his release
We found no reports of Kanu's release from credible media houses. Such a significant development would have been widely reported. There is also no such announcement on the ministry's website.
Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, visited him at the DSS facility in Abuja on 23 November.
The claim that Kanu has been released is false.
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