Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kanu was brought to the court in a black Sports Utility Vehicle at about 8 am on Thursday, October 21.
Punch reports that the IPOB leader was brought into the court amid tight security led by officials of the State Security Services (SSS).
While his trial is slated to commence by 9 am, security around the court premises is beefed up with a joint team of Police, Army, SSS estimated to number about 3,000.
Legit.ng had reported that Kanu there is also heavy security presence in the southeast region in preparation for Kanu's trial today.
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Soldiers of the Nigerian military were previously deployed to the region to ensure some level of serenity and calm amid the scheduled court trial.
Also, in the most interesting outcome, a counter pro-Biafra group, Movement of the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSAOB) has thrown its weight behind the IPOB leader.
MASSOB's leader, who has always been at loggerheads with Kanu over each other's strategies on the clamour for the disintegration of Nigeria has called for the release of the former.
Kanu is currently being tried by the Federal Government of Nigeria on an amended seven-count charge bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.
Uchenna Madu in a statement issued by MASSOBB said the group is condemning civil disobedience by the state apparatus in the southeast region.
Madu said there was no need for the heavy presence of security forces especially military officers littered all over the region.
He also said that such a move was being pushed by the Nigerian government to instil fear into the minds of residents of the southeast and the Igbo people in general.
In other news, traditional leaders in the southeast have called for the de-escalation of crisis and tension building up in the region.
The royal fathers warned that such tension is creating some level of hardship among the people living in various states in the region.
The leaders include; the chairman of Abia state traditional rulers council, Eze Obi Nwabeke and the chairman of Anambra traditional rulers council, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Igwe L.O.C. Agubuzu, the chairman, Enugu state traditional rulers council and Eze Dr E.C. Okeke, the chairman Imo state traditional rulers council.