The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to shut down all activities in some parts of Nigeria if Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the secessionist group, is not produced in court on October 21.
According to PUNCH, Emma Powerful, IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement released on Wednesday.
“The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn to the plot by the Nigerian government and her DSS in Abuja not to produce our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in court on 21st October 2021, the date he is due to appear in court to start his case,” the statement read in part.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has again perfected plans not to bring him to court on that day. Their wicked plan is to perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralise him and Biafrans, but they are late.
“If the federal government refuses to bring him to court on his next court appearance on October 21, 2021, the entire Biafra land will be on total lockdown for one month.
“The Federal Government will know that they cannot take us for granted anymore. Our peaceful disposition as a people should not be misconstrued as weakness.”
The Federal High Court in Abuja had adjourned Kanu’s case until October 21, owing to the failure of the Department of State Security (DSS) to produce him on July 26.
IPOB expressed fears that Kanu’s health might have deteriorated in detention and insisted on resisting any unfair treatment meted to him.
“Nigeria cannot incarcerate our leader illegally and expect things to be normal again. If by October 21, Kanu is not brought to court, Nigeria will know that Kanu commands the unflinching loyalty of over 60 million Biafrans home and in Diaspora,” Powerful added.
“By keeping our leader out of circulation, his health will be in jeopardy and we won’t allow this. The Fulani-controlled Nigerian government must tell us why it will choose to disobey court orders and expect citizens to watch like conquered slaves.
“They are busy granting amnesty to terrorists and bandits killing their soldiers and citizens, but keep peaceful agitators in perpetual detention. Their plan is to suppress agitation and force everyone into submission, but Biafrans won’t succumb to their intimidation. We are a different people.
“Their plan is to silence agitations for freedom as championed by Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Ighoho, so that the Fulani from across Africa will overrun Nigeria. They can’t conquer Biafra land as they have conquered Hausa and other indigenous tribes in Nigeria.”
Kanu has remained in DSS’ custody since he was extradited from Kenya in late June. He is facing an 11-count charge bordering on treason.
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