Monday, 23 October 2017

Biafra: IPOB threatens to take up arms if FG fails to produce Nnamdi Kanu | FG says Kanu was in Abaribe’s custody

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened to take up arms if the Federal Government and South-East governors refuse to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu had disappeared after soldiers invaded his residence in Abia State, and IPOB had accused the Nigerian Army of arresting Kanu, but the army denied the allegation.

His lawyer had filed an application in court, asking the Federal Government to produce the IPOB leader.

IPOB said they will be forced to begin armed struggle if Nnamdi Kanu is not produced.

28 unarmed civilians were massacred in the alleged invasion of Kanu’s residence by the Nigerian army.

A statement issued by Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, on Sunday read: “We are asking Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and south-east governors to produce Nnamdi Kanu because they or their representatives all participated in countless meetings in Abuja and Enugu where modus operandi of the genocidal Operation Python Dance II was agreed and ratified.

“It was as a direct result of military invasion of the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and massacre of 28 innocent unarmed civilians with many missing that has led us to once again politely ask that our leader be presented to us dead or alive.

“It is becoming clear to everybody that Muhammadu Buhari, Nnia Nwodo and south-east governors are desperately trying to draw IPOB into armed confrontation and militancy to justify their genocidal clampdown on innocent people of the south-est and south -south.

“Should they continue to defy the laws of natural justice and fair play by not releasing our leader, they may get their wish in no distant time.

“As the architects of Python Dance II, Nnia Nwodo and south-east governors are under moral obligation to disclose to Igbo people in particular and Biafrans in general the whereabouts of IPOB leader or have themselves to blame.

“We are therefore advising all those culpable in the abduction of our leader, his parents and death of dozens of IPOB family members in Abia and Rivers state to please release our leader to us before things get out of hand.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has replied an application filed by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe seeking to withdraw as one of the sureties of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Abaribe had stood as one of the sureties for Kanu after he was granted bail.
Kanu was absent in court recently during the hearing of his trial.

Ababaribe had informed the court of his motion seeking to withdraw as Kanu’s surety.

The court however asked him to produce Kanu or forfeit his N100m bond.

In its counter-affidavit and written address filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the Federal Government said Kanu was in Abaribe’s custody.

It said Kanu “has long violated the bail conditions handed down by this honourable court”.

The counter-affidavit read in part, “That it was at this point at violating the conditions at the bail that the senator surety ought to surrender the 1st defendant and or bring up this application; “That this application is belated and ill-timed;

“The applicant failed to apply to the court timeously, stating on oath that the defendant bound by recognizance to appear before this court had violated the bail condition given by this court.”

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, argued in the written address that Abaribe aided Kanu to flout his bail conditions.

The written address stated, “My lord, the surety has failed woefully to abide by the terms of the contract he entered into with this court and therefore cannot claim frustration.

“My lord, we urge that the court hold, that surety having refused to do what he ought to have done pursuant to section 174 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 aided and abetted the 1st defendant in the flouting of the bail conditions of this court and should forfeit the bond he entered into.”

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