Saturday, 26 August 2017

Ohanaeze condemns move to revoke Nnamdi Kanu’s bail | We will resist any attempt to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu – IPOB

Socio-politicak Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the Federal Government for making moves to re-arrest leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu who is on trial for felony was granted bail in April.

The Federal Government has reportedly asked the court to revoke the bail granted the IPOB leader, and also order his immediate arrest by the police.

It said Kanu has flouted bail conditions given by the court.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, while responding to the report on Saturday said the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN was biased.

Nwodo said Arewa Youth who issued a quit notice to Igbos in the north have not been arrested.

Parts of the statement read, “It has just been brought to my notice that the Attorney General of the Federation has approached the courts to incarcerate Nnamdi Kalu for flouting his bail conditions.

“I am amazed that the distinguished attorney is prepared to contest the superiority of the provisions of the constitution on fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association over an erroneous judicial proclamation violating those rights.

“I am equally miffed by the audacity with which the Attorney General displays his bias without regard to his oath of office.

“A few hours ago under the watchful eyes of the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and in total defiance of the Head of State’s proclamation of the rights of a citizen of Nigeria to live anywhere in Nigeria and to do business anywhere in Nigeria, the Arewa youths, pretending to withdraw their quit notice gave qualifications to the Head of State’s proclamation, issuing conditions for enjoyment of citizenship status.

“These same Arewa youths are supposed to have been arrested on the orders of the Governor of Kaduna State and the Inspector General of Police for acts of treason, conversion and sedition.

“As the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, the Attorney General looks the other way. He does not go to court to seek an order of arrest or prosecution.”

He said Kanubas a citizen has the right to have his opinion.

“Nnamdi, as a citizen of Nigeria, is free to hold any point of view no matter how displeasing to anyone so long as they are not inciting or provoking any criminal activities.

“I and some Igbo leaders have differences of opinion with Nnamdi on a number of issues. We have been insulted and abused by Radio Biafra but we concede them their right to differ from us. We concede them their nature to be exuberant as youths but we cannot be judgmental about their rights.

“This is a democracy. In democracies, leaders are abused, pelted with rotten eggs and booed at, as the former Edo State governor was booed in Abuja a few days ago. These acts are not necessarily criminal.

“I urge the Attorney-General not to exacerbate our already tense nation by commencing a legal action which portrays him as biased, insensitive and misdirected,” the Ohanaeze leader added.

However, IPOB has said it would resist any attempt to re-arrest its leader, Nnamdi Kanu without a court order.

IPOB spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a statement on Saturday said the group knew the Federal Government will seek to arrest Kanu someday.

Powerful said, “We, the Indigenous People of Biafra, and its leadership worldwide under the command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to place the whole world on notice regarding the illegal and wholesome undemocratic moves by APC government led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari to re-arrest our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who committed no crime known to the laws of the Nigerian state.

“This dangerous path of intimidation smacks of state sponsored terrorism designed to silence free speech and infringe on our rights to peaceful assembly.

“Merely asserting that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is a threat to the Nigerian government is not a crime unless accompanied by legally definable crime or offence.

“The Muhammadu Buhari led administration must know that threats and more threats heaped upon intimidation after intimidation do not wash with IPOB.

“Before Buhari decides to make a move to arrest our leader, he must first go to court to obtain a court order, else it will be resisted by millions of IPOB members.

“This singular act by Major General Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government of Nigeria is as we have predicted.

“We knew this day would come, so we are well prepared for it.

“As soon as the illegal, unconstitutionally draconian conditions of the bail were spelt out by Justice Binta Nyako, we knew such a day would come when they will use the cover of broken bail condition to launch an attack.

“Federal Government must do exactly what IPOB did, after all the matter is before a court of competent jurisdiction.

“When IPOB complained about the inhumane bail conditions, we were advised to approach the court for variation.”

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