The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a one-month state of emergency in the south-east if the federal government fails to extradite Nnamdi Kanu, the group’s leader, to court on October 21.
Due to the federal government’s refusal to present Kanu in court, Judge Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja deferred his trial to October 21.
Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in June and extradited to Nigeria to face charges. After being re-arraigned before the judge, he was remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The outlawed organization proclaimed a Monday lockdown until Kanu is released on August 9, however the injunction was ultimately lifted a few days later.
In a statement sent by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the group said that the federal government has finalised arrangements to not send Kanu to court on the next delayed date.
The organization stressed that its “peaceful resolution” to Kanu’s trial should not be mistaken as weakness, and that if the federal government fails to bring Kanu to court, the region will be put on lockdown for a month.
“The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by our great prophet and liberator of our time, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has been drawn to the plot by the Nigerian government and DSS in Abuja not to produce our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to court on October 21, 2021, the date he is due to appear in court to begin his case,” according to the statement.
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