The Niger Delta ex-militants seem not to be pleased with the recent court ruling that denied Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra bail. The ex-militants who recently issued a 31 day ultimatum to the federal government to release the notorious Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu, or face the consequences, could obviously not wait for the validity period of their threat to elapse before taking action.
Recall that on Friday, 29th January, 2016, a Federal High court in Abuja refused a request for bail by Mr. Nnamdi Kanu who has been in detention since he was arrested in October, 2015, saying that he must continue to stay in prison awaiting his trial for alleged treason. Mr. Kanu who has been accused of operating an under-cover radio that propagates messages of hate in an attempt to fight for the creation of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), had twice been granted bail by the court but the government has bluntly refused to release him.
Following another bail denial on Friday, the Niger Delta ex-militants have claimed to be responsible for the hijack of a ship on Friday along the Bakassi Penisula Nigeria coast line and threatened to blow it up together with its crew of foreigners if Nnamdi Kanu is not released.
The spokesman of the group of ex-militant hijackers simply identified as General Ben, has issued the federal government an ultimatum of 31 days to release Kanu or await the news of a destroyed ship and murdered crew.
The General of the ex-militant group who stated that they take delight in the support of local residents and of pro-Biafra activists in the area, declared that they would not relax and wait for the expiration of the 31 days final warning before carrying out their threat. Speaking in Port Harcourt on Sunday, the self-acclaimed General said,
“We cannot wait till the end of the 31 days to tell the federal government that we are serious. The vessel and the crew are in our custody. Any noise, any delay from government, we will blow up everything. We will blow the vessel and everybody in the vessel will go down,
“We are not interested in the country that owns the vessel. What we know is that the vessel was coming to Nigeria to lift oil. We are not interested, once it is blown up, let the country and Nigeria resolve the matter.
“We are in touch with everything happening around the IPOB leader.”
The alleged ex-militant expressed disappointment over the refusal of the court to grant Mr. Kanu bail because of his dual citizenship stating that the group is following every detail of Kanu’s case. As he said;
“This is provocative; hence we did not waste time to go into action. We are in support of the Biafra struggle.
“We will not retreat or surrender. The federal government might have taken our ultimatum as an empty threat but, we will surprise them.”
Furthermore, General Ben responded to the Supreme Court ruling, which supported the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s appeal noting that it prevented bloodbath in the state as the state would have been overtaken by crisis.
He finally forewarned any government against deliberately obstructing the IPOB campaign as it would give rise to an undesired result.