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Nigeria court asked to revoke secessionist's bail

Ishaq Khalid

BBC Africa, Abuja

This file photo taken on May 27, 2017 shows political activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Nnamdi Kanu (C) is joined by supporters and members of the Yahveh Yashua Synagogue (Yisraelities Biafra Region) during the celebration of Shabbat outside his residence in Umuahia
Namdi Kanu, centre, has been missing since last month

A Nigerian government lawyer has called for an arrest warrant to be issued for secessionist leader Nnamdi Kanu - and for his bail to be revoked - after he failed to appear at his treason trial in the capital, Abuja.

Mr Kanu's lawyer said he did not know whether he was dead or alive.

He had not seen Mr Kanu - the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra group - since a security force raid last month on his home in the south-east.

Mr Kanu was released on bail in April after being detained without trial for more than a year-and-a-half.

I will bring you updates from the High Court here in the capital, Abuja, as arguments continue so stay with BBC Africa Live.

Monkeypox outbreak in Nigeria confirmed

Habiba Adamu

BBC Africa, Abuja

In this 1971 Center For Disease Control handout photo, monkeypox-like lesions are shown on the arm and leg of a female child in Bondua, Liberia
Monkeypox is a rare smallpox-like disease

Three cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in Nigeria, Health Minister Isaac Adewole has said at a press conference in the capital, Abuja.

This is the first outbreak of monkeypox in Nigeria in around 40 years.

Laboratory test results are still being awaited in 40 other suspected cases after the disease was reported in eight states earlier this month.

The disease is similar to smallpox although not as deadly.