Nnamdi Kenny Okwu KANU, 1967 (age 53 years)

Nnamdi Okwu Kanu
Name
Nnamdi Kenny Okwu /KANU/
Given names
Nnamdi Kenny Okwu
Nickname
Nwannekaenyi
Surname
KANU
Birth September 25, 1967 34 15
Occupation
Activist, Radio director, Political Economist, Freedom fighter.

Residence
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Harold Wilson
from October 16, 1964 to June 19, 1970 (aged 2 years)

37th President of the United States
Richard Nixon
January 20, 1969 (aged 1 year)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Edward Heath
from June 19, 1970 to March 4, 1974 (aged 6 years)

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Harold Wilson
from March 4, 1974 to April 5, 1976 (aged 8 years)

38th President of the United States
Gerald Ford
August 9, 1974 (aged 6 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
James Callaghan
from April 5, 1976 to May 4, 1979 (aged 11 years)

39th President of the United States
Jimmy Carter
January 20, 1977 (aged 9 years)

Winter of Discontent
Mass industrial action, power cuts and a three-day working week.
from October 1978 to February 1979 (aged 11 years)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Margaret Thatcher
from May 4, 1979 to November 28, 1990 (aged 23 years)

40th President of the United States
Ronald Reagan
January 20, 1981 (aged 13 years)

41st President of the United States
George H W Bush
January 20, 1989 (aged 21 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
John Major
from November 28, 1990 to May 2, 1997 (aged 29 years)

42nd President of the United States
Bill Clinton
January 20, 1993 (aged 25 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Tony Blair
from May 2, 1997 to June 27, 2007 (aged 39 years)

43rd President of the United States
George W Bush
January 20, 2001 (aged 33 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Gordon Brown
from June 27, 2007 to May 11, 2010 (aged 42 years)

44th President of the United States
Barack Obama
January 20, 2009 (aged 41 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
David Cameron
from May 11, 2010 to July 13, 2016 (aged 48 years)

Olympic Games
Games of the XXX Olympiad
from July 27, 2012 to August 12, 2012 (aged 44 years)
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Theresa May
from July 13, 2016 to July 24, 2019 (aged 51 years)

45th President of the United States
Donald Trump
January 20, 2017 (aged 49 years)

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Boris Johnson
from July 24, 2019 (aged 51 years)

Death of a motherUgoeze Sally Nmeme
August 30, 2019 (aged 51 years)
Cause: Protracted illness due to shock
Death of a fatherEze Israel OKWU KANU
October 31, 2019 (aged 52 years) Age: 86
Address: Federal Medicare Centre, Umuahia
Cause: shock he suffered over his wife’s demise
Burial of a fatherEze Israel OKWU KANU
February 14, 2020 (aged 52 years)
Religion: Christianity
Burial of a motherUgoeze Sally Nmeme
February 14, 2020 (aged 52 years)
Religion: Christianity
Nationality
British

Family with parents
father
HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu
19332019
Birth: 1933Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North LGA, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
Occupation: Traditional RulerAfaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North LGA, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
Death: October 31, 2019Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
mother
Ugoeze Sally Nmeme
19522019
Birth: 1952
Death: August 30, 2019Germany
himself
Nnamdi Okwu Kanu
1967
Birth: September 25, 1967 34 15Isiama Afara, Abia State, Nigeria
Nationality: British
Occupation: Activist, Radio director, Political Economist, Freedom fighter.
brother
Prince Emmanuel KANU
sister
Princess Chinwe KANU
Family with UCHECHI OKWU
himself
Nnamdi Okwu Kanu
1967
Birth: September 25, 1967 34 15Isiama Afara, Abia State, Nigeria
Nationality: British
Occupation: Activist, Radio director, Political Economist, Freedom fighter.
wife
UCHECHI OKWU
Note

Nnamdi Okwu Kanu (born 25 September 1967) [4][5]) is a British Nigerian[6] Biafra political activist. 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.[7] Kanu is the director of a UK registered radio station named Radio Biafra.[8] Kanu was arrested on treason charges in Lagos, Nigeria on 14 October 2015 and was detained for more than a year, despite various court orders that ruled for his release. When in court, Kanu appeared regularly wearing a Jewish prayer shawl and head covering. He said in court, that he "believes in Judaism" and considers himself a Jew and oftentimes has led his Biafran people to various Jewish prayers and religious observations.[9] On 28 April 2017, Kanu was released from prison on bail.[2]

Early life Kanu was born in Isiama Afara Ukwu, Umuahia, Abia State, the Republic of Biafra. His father is Eze Israel Okwu Kanu (JP)[10] and his mother, Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu.[1] He attended Library Avenue Primary School and went to Government College Umuahia for his secondary education. He studied at University of Nigeria, Nsukka and moved to the UK before graduating.[2]

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".[11] 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.[12]

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"[13]. 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).[14][15] 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.[16] 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.[16] 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.[17]

Detention On 19 October 2015, it was reported that Nnamdi Kanu had been granted bail[18] after a secret arraignment at Magistrate Court, Wuse 11.[19] However, the bail seemed "controversial" and there were claims the DSS announced the bail only "to calm the angry people of Biafra".[20]

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.[21] However, it was reported the Department of State Services (DSS) obtained a "secret court order to detain Nnamdi Kanu".[22][23][24] 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".[25]

Court trial Kanu was finally arraigned on 23 November 2015 in an Abuja Magistrate Court for the first time[26][27] 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.[28][28][29] 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.[30] 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.[31][32][33] 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.[30][33]

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.[30]

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.[34] 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.[34] 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."[34] The court's magistrate, Usman Shuaibu, after listening to both counsels, adjourned the matter until 1 December 2015 for ruling.[34]

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".[20] 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.[35] 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.[36] 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.

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.[37] This was in reference to Obasanjo's statement at a gathering in Abuja that all must be done to Stop IPOB.

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Note: Nnamdi Okwu Kanu is a British Biafran political activist. He is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. The main aim of IPOB is to create an independent state for the people of the old Eastern Region of Nigeria through a referendum. Nnamdi Kanu is the director of a UK registered radio station named Radio Biafra.