Release Kanu Or We Lockdown South-East, IPOB Issues 11-Day Ultimatum To FG
IPOB Head of Directorate, Chika Edoziem, in a statement, said the lockdown will commence on August 9, if Kanu is not released unconditionally.
Edoziem, in a statement issued yesterday, explained that the lockdown is to ensure government released Kanu “hale and hearty.”
The group also alleged that the federal government planned to punish and subject Kanu to media trial at the same time keeping him in detention till October 2021.
IPOB urged those who collaborated with the federal government to abduct and extradite Kanu to pray fervently that nothing untoward happens to him or be ready to face the dire consequences.
The statement reads partly;
The global community knows that self-determination is not a crime, the Nigerian government equally know that self-determination does not constitute any known offence stipulated in their constitution and therefore do not have any case against the leader of IPOB, Mazi Kanu.
In recognition of the above fact and truth, the Directorate of State of IPOB, demands herewith an unconditional and immediate release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on or before the 8th day of August 2021, failing which we shall commence a weekly Lockdown of Biafra land starting from 9th August, 2021.
For the avoidance of doubt this total lockdown of Biafra land will take place every Monday until our leader is released unconditionally.
This weekly lockdown is simply one of the measures we shall put in place to ensure that our leader is released hale and hearty.
To all the Governors, business men in Biafra land and all those who are complicit in the abduction of our leader from Kenya to Nigeria, those of you who contributed money to enable the Nigerian government to kidnap our leader, pray fervently that his health is not endangered and nothing untoward happens to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, because then the land of Biafra shall not accommodate you and the Biafra people.
We affirm our readiness to do all that is necessary to secure the immediate release of our leader. It is completely unacceptable to IPOB to allow our leader to remain in the hands of the enemy up till October 2021.
Kanu, who is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony following his campaign for the secession of Republic of Biafra, jumped bail in 2017 after a military action, code-named “Operation Python Dance”, targeted his family house in Abia state.
He was however rearrested in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria for continuation of his trial and has since been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Upon his return, Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court had remanded him in custody of the secret police.
On Monday, DSS, however, failed to produce the Biafra agitator in court due to reasons of logistics.