A report by Punch indicates that the United Kingdom has asked the Nigerian government to clarify the status and whereabouts of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader has not been seen in public after a Nigerian Military raid in his country home in Abia state, Kanu is a Nigerian and British citizen Read. According to the report, the British government said it had asked the Nigerian government if the British/Nigerian national was alive or dead. This was made known by the press officer, United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku. His words: “One of the conditions that can make the United Kingdom strip its citizen of nationality is if the person engages in a terrorist activity at home or abroad. And Kanu has dual citizenship and therefore a citizen of Nigeria and the UK”. On whether the UK supported the Nigerian government’s proscription of IPOB, Abuku responded saying the group was not a proscribed organisation under the British law.
The agitation for Biafra led by the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been faulted by Ndukwe Ikoh, a former Abia state House of Representatives aspirant. In a chat with The Sun, Ikoh slammed Kanu for deviating from the original concept of Biafra, as laid down by the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. Ikoh stated that the original Biafra plan laid down by Ojukwu was inclusive of other groups from the south-south; but that Kanu had ostracized too many people with his divisive and fiery rhetoric. Ikoh stated that the original Biafra plan laid down by Ojukwu was inclusive of other groups from the south-south; but that Kanu had ostracized too many people with his divisive and fiery rhetoric. He also critisized Kanu for having no clear plan to garner international support for his cause, while claiming that the IPOB leader recruited thieves and drug addicts into his group.
Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been declared missing by his team of lawyers. The legal team led by Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, said it had therefore, on Wednesday filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja praying for an order directing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu in court. Ejiofor disclosed this in a text message sent to our correspondent on Wednesday in which he said that they just filed an application for prerogative order of habeas corpus commanding the Chief of Army Staff to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court. This, the suit stated was because, Kanu was last seen after soldiers, on September 14, invaded the IPOB leaders house in Afara-ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia Abia State, on a murderous raid, where life and mortar bullets were fired on unarmed and defenseless populace, leaving 28 persons dead and abducting many.
The House of Representatives has resolved to revisit the devolution of power bill which failed during the constitutional amendment in June. The return to the bill is to curb agitations, such as the one by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. This was contained in a matter of urgent public importance raised by the leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday. Mr. Gbajabiamila noted that different agitations across the country have led to divergent views on the structures upon which the unity of Nigeria rests. Events of the last few weeks brought Nigeria close to the precipice, but for the determination of Nigerians in their various show of commitment to the peace and unity of the country. Hence the urgent need for the intervention of the House of Representatives. Apart from revisiting devolution of powers bill, the House has also resolved to set up a strong committee to liaise with stakeholders across the six geopolitical zones for practical solutions to issues that threaten the unity of Nigeria.
Governors from Nigeria’s northern region have invited their counterparts from the South-east to visit their states to interact with Igbo communities as a means of promoting peace and communal harmony among various groups in the country. The chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said this after he led a delegation of five governors on a visit to Rivers, Abia and Imo states to promote peace. During the visits to Port Harcourt, Umuahia and Owerri, the Borno governor commended the host governors for the resolute manner they handled the IPOB crisis. Addressing members of the Northern community in Abia, Mr. Shettima urged them to continue respect the norms and traditions of their host communities and he added that adequate arrangements had been made by the government. In their various remarks, Governors of Abia and Imo commended the visit. They urged the federal government to promote unity by ensuring all parts of the country have a sense of belonging. They said when issues of security are on the table, political and other interests should take the back seat.
An aggrieved man has taken to Twitter to allege that his brother died as he confronted armed soldiers in the struggle for the realisation of the Biafran State. The man, one Onyema Isaac Ugo with Twitter handle @OnyemaIsaa, claims that his relation was killed by the soldiers in Umuahia last Friday. In his social media lamentation which friends and other sympathisers reacted to, Mr. Ugo alleged that the late Kelechi was recruited into the Indigenous People of Biafra, but that he was felled by “the bullets of the army”. Ugo wrote he told Kelechi to stop this IPOB of a thing but he didn’t listen, because he has been brainwashed by NK. I don’t know if he was under a spell by IPOB. Kelechi’s mother said the late man left Anara for Umuahia last Friday morning at about 8pm; and that though his mother reportedly warned him earlier on Friday morning not to go to Umuahia that day, he refused. Explaining how his family members were informed of Kelechi’s death, Ugo said that they got the news from an unknown caller on Friday night by 9pm. Kelechi was shot by army in Nnamdi Kanu’s community.
The Federal Government has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) of using fake videos of mass killings, harvested from other parts of Africa and doctored to look current, to mislead the international community and win their support. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this when he addressed Online Publishers in Lagos on Monday. According to the Minister, IPOB has harvested gory videos and pictures from other lands and the distant past, which they are now circulating via the Social Media, to deceive the international community into believing that the people of the South-east are being subjected to state-sponsored, ethno-religious violence. These videos, which have very high emotive quotient, are circulating on the Social Media as we speak. These videos seems to be current but actually they are fake. Either way, there is nothing like genocide anywhere in our country today. What we have in the South-east is a clampdown on a band of lawless people who have no regard for the laws of the land.
A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday, remanded 30 suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra in prison custody. The suspected IPOB members were arrested on Tuesday by the operatives of the Police for allegedly engaging in violent acts that breached the peace in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state. Nine out of the 30 persons arraigned in court were accused of killing a police sergeant identified as Steven Daniel on Wednesday during the crisis at Oyigbo. The Chief Magistrate, Amadi Amadi-Nna, further directed the court registrar to remit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice and adjourned the matter indefinitely. The prosecutors, decided that the charge on which they were brought to court was very heavy and weighty. The suspects, in the other hand, asked to strike out charges. However, the counsel for the suspects, Mr. Donald Loho, maintained that he would explore the necessary options to ensure the suspects were freed.