IPOB wants Kanu’s release, gives August 9 deadline
By Chike MBA
The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has given the Nigerian government up to August 9 to release its detained leader Nnamdi Kanu or face stiffer resistance.
IPOB said if Kanu was not released before August 09 it would enforce a total lockdown in the South-East geopolitical zone.
IPOB’s Head, Directorate of State, Chika Edoziem, stated this in a statement, which was made available to Irohinoodua on Wednesday.
The group insisted that self determination has never been found in any country’s constitution to be an offence.
Kanu was arrested a month ago in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria, where he has been in the custody of the Department of States Services,(DSS) in Abuja on charges bordering on treason and felony.
The statement read in part, “The Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra is very much aware of the strategy of the government of Nigeria to subject the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to media trial and to convict him in the public before giving him that public conviction, an official stamp of the compromised Nigerian judicial system.
IPOB has consistently proved its hold on the South East through successful call for stay at home
Edoziem said “The global community knows that self determination is not a crime; the Nigerian government knows equally that self determination does not in any way constitute any known offence stipulated in their constitution and therefore do not have any case against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
According to IPOB, “In recognition of the above facts and truths, the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra demands herewith an unconditional and immediate release of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on or before August 8, 2021, failing which we shall commence a weekly lock down of Biafraland, starting on Monday, August 9, 2021.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this total lockdown of Biafraland will take place every week until our leader is released unconditionally.