It’s more than a month since the proscribed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-east, Nnamdi Kanu, was lured with huge amounts of money, out of the United Kingdom, where he sought asylum, to Kenya where he was intercepted and extradited to Nigeria without his travel documents on him.
During his first arraignment in court on June 29th by Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubukar Malami, the leader of IPOB in the South-east, Nnamdi Kanu is facing serious charges in court including jumping bail in 2017 under Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Charges of the IPOB leader in the South-east, Nnamdi Kanu
He is currently facing 11 charges including his refusal to appear in court on his second court trial on July 26th. His charges are: felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, inciting violence through television, radio and online broadcasts against the country and it’s institutions plus instigating violence especially in Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, paramilitary, police and destruction of civil institutions and symbols of authorities in the South-east.
During his first appearance in court, he said that, the reason he jumped bail and sought asylum in UK is because there was an unlawful raid in his family home by security operatives, who killed everyone except him. He hid himself to prevent being killed by the raid.
Nnamdi Kanu is currently fighting a lost cause battle for the sovereign state of Biafra in the South-east. Lost cause in the sense that, this battle was first founded by a military warhead known as late Lieutenant Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu in 1967 because he and his supporters criticized the federal government for its poor investment, inequitable resource distribution, ethnic marginalization and heavy military presence in a particular geographical zone amongst six geographical zones in Nigeria.
His full-on confrontation strategy was being foiled by the military Head of state as at that time, in the person of Yakubu gown, who didn’t like the idea of a sovereign and independent state after Nigeria just got her independence from the British colonial masters in 1960.
It was in the foiling of this strategy that, Nigeria experience her first Civil War, which started in 1967 and ended in 1970 leaving a high mortality rate of 3 million people, who died of starvation but the strategy was reignited by a 53-year-old Nigerian/British political activist, who willed the overwhelming power of the internet and social media to pass his message while residing in another country.
In other news, Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on July 26th was adjourned to October 21st after he refused to appear in court. It was during this court proceeding that some of Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers were prevented from entering the Courtroom. Nigerians especially Igbos in the South-east region became agitated over the reaso why someone in the confines of the Department of State Service (DSS) will choose not to appear in court.
According to The Cable, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South-east region has threatened to go on lockdown every Monday till their leader, Nnamdi Kanu is freed.
In a statement by Emma Powerful, IPOB publicity secretary, he said that, “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to announce to all Biafra citizens, friends of Biafra and lovers of Biafra freedom and independence that IPOB leadership has declared every Monday ‘a ghost Monday’.
“This declaration takes effect from Monday, August 9, 2021. From that day Biafra land will be on lockdown every Monday from 6:00am to 6:00pm until our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who was unlawfully abuducted in Kenya and illegally detained by the federal government of Nigeria is released.
“We wish to state full details of this coming ghost Mondays every week, our people must understand that it was designed to show the world how serious we are towards this fight for Biafra freedom and independence everybody must adhere to this clarion call put in place by the leadership of IPOB and it would be good for everyone to know that that IPOB will not relent until Biafra is fully achieved, the DSS can go ahead and keep our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu incommunicado without access to him and we observed that DSS operatives are torturing our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to the point of death that was why they don’t anybody to see his state of health in the DSS facility.
“DSS should know that if any thing untoward happen to him we are going to confirm what IPOB is made and they will understand that we are prepared for this freedom. Our Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is not a criminal and has the rights to be visited in their custody.
“This is a call for Biafran leaders, politicians especially those mentioned their names as those behind his abduction and rendition to Nigeria, if anything happens to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu all of them should prepare never come back to Biafraland because it will not accommodate us together. Nobody should take our quietness as coward Ness.
“Our intelligence reveals that Nnamdi Kanu is under serious torture and humaniliation because he refused all offer given to him. We declare every Monday sit- at- home throughout Biafra land until our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, regains his freedom.
“The federal government must allow him access to his personal physicians, and allow him to sign documents given to him by the British Government to provide him consular assistance. This peaceful protest will continue ones every week until our demands are met.
“We urge Biafrans to be prepared because we will no longer fold our arms while our leader who is fighting for the liberation of the oppressed indigenous nationalities in Nigeria is languishing in detention. We are going to cripple Nigerian economy until they free him.
“Consequently, all institutions public and private, transport companies, schools, banks, markets, airports and sea ports in Biafra land must shut down every Monday beginning from August 9. People are to remain indoors to register their concern over the fate of our Leader and the rest of all agitators languishing in various security detentions.
“Nobody should attempt to flout this directive as doing so may come with huge consequences. Anybody flouting this order is taking a grave risk.“Nnamdi Kanu has sacrificed so much for Biafra, so sacrificing Mondays of every week is not too much for us. Fulani herdsmen have continued to kill our people yet the federal government failed to protect our people”.