The Federal High Court in Abuja has summoned a former Governor of Abia State, Orji Kalu, to appear on November 14, 2018, to testify on the whereabouts of the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, according to Punch.
The invitation is coming following Kalu’s earlier interview in which he claimed to have knowledge of Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts. The request for the subpoena to summon the former governor to appear in court was filed by Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
A copy of the subpoena was made available to journalists by Ejiofor on Friday. The subpoena bore the Federal High Court’s stamp and dated October 11, 2018, was signed by the “judge”. The matter is before Justice Binta Nyako.
The ‘subpoena ad testificandum’, is titled, Orji Uzor Kalu House, adjacent Bannex Flyover, beside the ever-busy Wuse-Jahi-Gwarimpa, Abuja’. 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.”
Ejiofor said in a statement that Kalu was being summoned because of his recent “outburst” about Kanu’s whereabouts. Kanu was being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony alongside some alleged IPOB members before he became missing last year. The IPOB leader became missing after soldiers invaded his home in Afara-Ukwu, Abia State, during the ‘Operation Python Dance’ staged by the military to quell the agitation for the realisation of the Biafra Republic in the South-East in September 2017.