The Federal Government has informed the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja why it was not in a hurry to release the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu. Federal government said its investigations revealed that Kanu, who is identified as the brain behind recent clamor for the creation of ‘Biafra States’, received huge sums of money to purchase weapons.
In a counter-affidavit before the court by a senior officer with the Department of State Services, Mr. Ayo Ibitoye also said that before his arrest, Kanu had made inquiries about prices of all the weapons he intends to buy. The government therefore insisted that the IPOB leader should remain in custody for the Nation’s interest of justice, peace and order.
You would recall that Kanu who has been under the custody of the security agency since his arrival into Nigeria from his base in Britain was arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja over alleged “criminal conspiracy” to which on October 19, he pleaded not guilty.
It was in reaction to Kanu’s plea for the enforcement of his fundamental right by the court that the federal government filed the counter affidavit explaining why he must remain detained.
Although Kanu had met the bail conditions, FG had while the matter was pending before the Magistrate court, secured an order from the high court to further detain Kanu for 90 days. The government through its lawyer, Mr Moses Idakwo, had also asked Magistrate Usman to step down from the trial on the ground that his court lacks the power and jurisdiction to prosecute terrorism charges.
Meanwhile, it appears that the peaceful protests by the South-East and parts of South-South geo-political zones, which was intensified since the detention of Nnamdi Kanu, will be put to a halt so as to answer the Federal government’s call for dialog.
The National Secretary, Ugwuoke Ibem, MASSOB, and Emma Powerful, spokesman for IPOB, have agreed to halt all demonstrations and protest in order to pave way for the much published dialogue on Nnamdi Kanu’s release.
Our withdrawal from the major cities of Biafraland is not out of cowardice, but to prove maturity, professionalism as a decent self-determined group. We hereby issue an ultimatum to the Federal Government to prove their seriousness and sincerity on the much published dialogue on the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
The group has on its part condemned the comment of Ralph Uwazuruike that IPOB and MASSOB introduced violence to the Biafra struggle. They said:
Uwazuruike is a drowning man, who is living on yesterday shadow. Uwazuruike has lost grip on Biafra issues because of his deviation, compromise, open romance with Nigeria Government which has grossly affected his personality. We warn Uwazuruike and his group to stop dragging MASSOB, IPOB into a shameless, naked dance of visionless, missionless, blind existence.
Association of veteran ex-soldiers under the aegis of Care First for the Aged Welfare Development, CFAWD, has distanced itself and also condemned the recent demonstration by group of persons agitating for creation of Biafra republic.
Expressing its displeasure over what it called the unnecessary and uncalled demonstration, the CFAWD national chairman, Dr. Ubi Ikoi, made a solidarity support to the President Mohammadu Buhari administration for steering the ship of the nation to an enviable height and frowned at the lacerant attitude and unwholesome destruction of property, loss of lives as well as disturbance of peace of the country by the agitators.
Justice Hassan Quadri of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had also adjourned hearing in the bail application for eight pro-Biafra protesters to December 17. He also insists that they be remanded in prison custody till the date for hearing of their bail application.