- IPOB members described Nigeria's judiciary as a joke that is being manipulated
- The group warned that they would retaliate if anything happens to their detained members
- They reiterated their determination to make people comply with the sit-at-home protest
The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has lamented the continued detention of some of its members in various prisons across the country, threatening to retaliate if anything happens to them.
The Nation reports that the group in a statement said the Nigerian judiciary has been compromised which was why Nnamdi Kanu was released with strict bail condition.
The group reiterated that there would be a stay-at-home protest on May 30 to honour fallen Biafra heroes.
IPOB vowed to continue with the fight to achieve Biafra as it was a God-sent project.
Read the statement below: “The Attorney General of the Federation should have dropped all the concocted and fabricated charges preferred against our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others who are still detained in prison to save their image in the face of the international community”.
“It is very appalling that a well-trained judge who passed through so many seminars before being elevated to the position of a Chief judge in a Federal High court can allowed herself and the court to be used to barre Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from exercising his fundamental human rights”.
“However, the continued detention of those mentioned above in different prisons and DSS secret cells across the country remained the weakness on the side of judicial commission and Attorney General of Federation”.
“It is very abnormal that the judicial commission and judiciary in Nigeria that are supposed to be the last hope for common man would turned themselves to be problem for the masses they are supposed to protect”.
“With the judgement on 25th April 2017 banning our leader from speaking to the press and not to stay with more than 10 persons proves to the entire world that the judiciary in Nigeria is where truth can never prevail”.
“According to the information reaching us indicates that our members detained in different prisons and secret cells across the country are no more safe as most of them have fallen sick because of lack of proper medical attention”.
“Especially those being detained in Kuje prison, we are calling for their immediate released to enable them take proper medical treatment because we cannot take it easy with anybody if anything should happen to any of our members in detention anywhere in the country”.
We are calling on men and women of good conscience across the globe, Amnesty International and relevant human rights organizations to prevail on the Attorney General of the Federation and the judicial commission to drop the fabricated charges preferred against our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally alongside him in Kuje Prison because they committed no offense against anybody or Nigeria state”.
“IPOB remained a peaceful and nonviolent organization in history of freedom fighting across the globe and we will continue to follow the lay down rules provided by the United Nations charter for the rights of the indigenous people”.
The Biafra liberation movement is sacrosanct and waxing stronger both home and in diaspora and will not go back in the quest for the restoration of Biafra, anybody who is thinking to sabotage the struggle is doing that to his or her own detriment”.
“We believe that the conditional and harsh bail attached to our leader with which he was released was to cage him and to dampened the high spirits of IPOB family members worldwide which has failed”.
“The injustice against the people of Biafra in Nigeria are numerous to mentioned, IPOB under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have decided to fight it to a standstill”.
“Of course many are aware that this is a project of God Almighty which IPOB embarked upon to liberate our people from the shackles of bondage we find ourselves in the hands of those who are determined to ruin us with the help of the British Government no matter the price we might pay in the cause of pursuing this freedom, we will not backpedal”.
“We are advising the entire Biafrans both home and abroad to observe the remembrance day celebration of our fallen heroes and heroines who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our people to live today in Nigeria”.
The 30th of May this year sit at home and remembrance day celebration will be a remarkable event in the history of Biafra as we must always remember those who laid down their lives so that we may live”.
“Therefore, there will be no movement of any kind because the international community and friends of Biafra have delegated some foreign observers to monitor the event on that fateful day, the delegates will be in Biafraland with their media team to ascertain if the people of Biafra are ready for the upcoming referendum for Biafra sovereignty”.
Meanwhile, respected constitutional lawyer and an Abuja-based rights activist, Osuagwu Ugochukwu, warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against compelling people to sit at home on May 30.
The activist in a statement to NAIJ.com warned the secessionist group against taking the laws into their hands in their planned bid to force Ibos and non-Igbos in staying at home on May 30, 2017.
Ugochukwu said it was totally wrong for the group to force people who do not believe in Biafra to stay at home and stop motorist from moving in and out of eastern part of the country on May 30.
NAIJ.com made a video of how Nnamdi Kanu finally got his release almost two years after being in detention.