A former governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife and a British envoy are at the Abuja Federal High Court as the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the pro-Biafra agitator begins on Thursday.
Kanu is facing charges of treasonable felony and terrorism.
Heavily armed security operatives have besieged the court premises.
Ezeife is in court to witness the trial of the pro-Biafra agitator.
The former governor was accompanied by Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
The British envoy arrived at the court premises at about 8:03am to witness the trial. Kanu is a British citizen.
The IPOB leader was first arrested and granted bail in 2017 by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court.
After granting him bail, the IPOB leader fled the country to Europe over an alleged threat to his life by the Nigerian Army.
However, he was rearrested in July 2021 and rearraigned before Justice Nyako to continue his trial.
The Federal Government also amended the charges against him.
His appearance in court will go a long way in dousing the tension in the South East following threats of showdown should the IPOB leader not appear in court today.
The IPOB leader was brought to court in a black Sports Utility Vehicles at about 8am.
Journalists, lawyers and staff of the FHC were barred from entering the court premises.
From Transcorp Hilton through the Ministry of Justice and Abia House, security was beefed up with the presence of a combined team of Police, Army, Department of State Services operatives estimated to be over 3,000.