IPOB Claims Nnamdi Kanu Was Abducted, Warns FG Against Hurting Him
Barely 24 hours after his arrest was made public, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has on Wednesday warned that no evil must behalf its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, announced the arrest on Tuesday, at an emergency media briefing in his office.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the court in response to years of campaign for IPOB.
He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.
Kanu was arrested by a combined team of Nigerian and foreign security agents in a coordinated interception to continue facing trial.
Following his arrival in Nigeria, Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered the remand of Kanu in the custody of Department of State Services (DSS) till July 26 for continuation of his trial.
However, IPOB has claimed that Kanu was kidnapped by the government agents, promising to “expose details of his abduction later”.
Spokesperson for IPOB, Emma Powerful, said these in a statement titled, ‘Nothing should happen to our leader, IPOB tells FG’.
According to him, IPOB would not be intimidated into backing out of the struggle, despite Kanu’s arrest.
The statement reads;
We the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, confirm the abduction of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian Government and her security operatives. We shall expose details of his abduction later.
Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is presently in the custody of the Nigeria Government. This evil crime of kidnapping was masterminded by the Nigeria Government in collaboration with all those that view IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as stumbling block against their bid to hold Biafra in perpetual slavery.
We, therefore, enjoin every IPOB member both at home and in the Diaspora and all Biafrans to remain calm because this is not the end of the road. Our Leader’s next court appearance is July 26, 2021, and Biafrans should mobilize and attend the court hearing.
IPOB will not relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom. We have crossed the Rubicon in our struggle for the restoration of Biafran Sovereignty. There is no going back no matter the level of intimidation by our oppressors.
Our Leader can never be coerced into abandoning the struggle for Biafra restoration irrespective of the circumstance. At this very challenging moment in the history of our march to freedom, all IPOB family members must stand firm and resolute behind our selfless leader. We stand by him and the God of Heavens in whom we trust and rest our confidence shall not let us down. We shall triumph!
IPOB further stated;
We remind the Nigerian government and her security agencies that our Leader deserves justice and fair hearing. We also want to state unequivocally, that no harm should befall our leader. Should anything untoward happen to him, the Nigerian government will be held accountable for it.
We are watching closely and all our intelligence units, are following up on the developments. The international community should not be quiet over the atrocities of the Nigeria Government against Biafrans. They must rise in defence of justice now!