- Pro-Biafra group IPOB has called on the army to bring its leader Nnamdi Kanu to court
- The group alleged that their leader was being held by soldiers and vowed to bear arms if he is not brought to court
- According to the group, Kanu was taken away by the soldiers when his house was raided by them
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has issued a threat calling on the army to bring Nnamdi Kanu to court or it will take up arms against security operatives.
In a statement released on Monday, October 16, the group accused the army of taking Kanu when it raided his house during Operation Crocodile Smile.
It warned that if their leader is not produced in court, they will be forced to take up arms.
The group said: "The bare faced lies of the Nigerian Defence Minister General Mansur Dan Ali and that of the Buhari regime against our leader and organisation is beginning to unravel before the eyes of the world. By admitting publicly that soldiers were sent to Isiama Afaraukwu to look for our leader without any order or warrant from a court of law confirms the contempt in which Nigerian government holds the rule of law and their judicial process.
“It is therefore incumbent upon civilised nations of the world and organisations alike to ask the APC led Nigerian government why they decided to send armed soldiers to invade Kanu’s residence.
“It is therefore reasonably expected to conclude that the army is also lying about not having our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in their custody.
“Is the world waiting for Biafrans to pick up arms to demand for the release of the body of their leader before they know IPOB is serious about ascertaining what the Nigerian government did with him?”
It said its Biafra agitation is bigger than Nigeria and that its next line of action will be determined by whatever Nigeria does.
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“One outcome is guaranteed in all this, should Nigeria not produce our leader in court on the 17th of October 2017, there will be inevitable confrontation on a scale the human mind cannot imagine, at a time and place of our choosing. By nature we are peace loving people, Nigeria should stop provoking us into armed conflict. They should bring our leader to court,” the group added.
Kanu is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, October 17, however, his whereabouts remain unknown.
NAIJ.com reported that, speaking further on the hot-button issue, Salihu Othman Isah, a justice ministry spokesman, stated that whether the trial goes ahead would be determined by Kanu’s appearance and the judge.
He added: "I can’t tell you specifically what will happen.”
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