There were jubilation in various camps of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) across the south eastern part of Nigeria, over the release of some of their members that were arrested during a protest in Aba, Abia State.
The group in a statement on Thursday praised the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubabar Malami (SAN), for ordering the release of their members, adding that he had demonstrated his respect for the rule of law.
IPOB Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, described Malami’s decision as wise, and also urged him to extend the same gesture to other IPOB members that were still being detained in various parts of the country.
He particularly pleaded for the unconditional release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who the Federal Government was prosecuting for offences bordering on treasonable felony.
“We, therefore, urge the Attorney General of the Federation to continue on this path of honour by releasing all Biafra detainees including the leader of IPOB Worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whose continued illegal detention is the primary reason why Nigeria is falling apart today.”
The spokesperson, furthermore, said:
“The issue of Biafra self determination cannot be swept under the carpet because Biafra is in black Africa where acceptable civilised standards are lacking. What is good for Scotland and Britain at large is also good for Biafra.”
Stressing the need for a referendum, Mr. Powerful, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from ex-British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who allowed the wish of the people to prevail in the recent “Brexit” that culminated in the removal of Britain from the EU and consider Biafrexit for Biafrans.
Here are the names of the IPOB Members released:
- John Onyebuchi
- Joseph Okorie
- Ikechukwu Obi
- Ifeanyi Okike
- Ani Chimezie
- Emeka Ezeugo
- Donatus Okeke
- Okechukwu Nnebennum
- Jude Aniche
- Amos Nkemjika Ezekiel
- Igwechukwu Ebuka
- Okwudili Okafor
- Nnadike Obasi
- Monday Ibeji
- Chibuzo Okpara
- Ngozi Onuora
- Goodness Emeka
- Nene Ekwueme
- Amarachi Chukwu
- Oluchukwu Bekee
These IPOB members were arrested by several security agencies during one of their prayer sessions in Aba on February 2.