- Militants accuse FG of planning to cause problems in the country
- They warn of dire consequences if masked witnesses testify against Kanu in court
- Show solidarity for the Biafran struggle
Two militant groups in the Niger Delta region have issued separate statements declaring war on the federal government for its continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The groups, Concerned Militant Leaders (CML) and Niger Delta People’s Democratic Front (NDPDF) yesterday, February 20, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, declared their readiness to battle the federal government and cripple the economy of the country if Kanu is not released.
According to the Sun, the leaders of the two groups, General Ben (CML) and Precious Iyoyo (aka General Playboy) were angered by reports that there were plans by the federal government to use witnesses in masks to testify against Kanu in court. They warned that they were ready to draw the battle lines against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for its determination to cause problems in the country, particularly in the south-south and south-east zones, by stubbornly refusing to release Kanu.
General Ben noted that the 31 day-ultimatum given to the federal government to release the IPOB leader expires tomorrow, Monday, February 22, and said that failure to comply with the deadline would result in attacks on targets in Abia and Anambra states, as well as Abuja.
He said: "We are ready for Federal Government, which said we would be treated as criminals and saboteurs. The 31-day ultimatum will expire on Monday. We are ready and will attack them in Abia, Anambra and Abuja, where they shed the blood of Biafran brothers and sisters.
“We are not going to attack the civilians per se; but we are going to attack the presence of the Federal Government in the areas. If President Buhari could not clear Boko Haram in six months, as he told Nigerians, why didn’t he focus attention on the North? Why did he waste the blood of Biafrans people?"
“We are in solidarity with the Biafran struggle and there is no going back. We are taking our revenge. We are not going to spare them. We don’t believe in much talk. Enough is enough," he said.
General Playboy warned that any attempt to use masked witnesses to testify against Kanu will be met with serious consequences.
“If they (UN) don’t intervene in this matter, and Nigerian government goes ahead to execute its plans to annihilate Biafrans, we will cripple the economy of this country. All eyes are on government not only Kanu but on Tompolo too. The government is treading on very rough and dangerous path,” he threatened.
Meanwhile, a lawmaker representing Onitsha North constituency in Anambra state House of Assembly, Hon. Chugbo Enwezor, is encouraging bereaved families of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that were killed by Nigerian security operatives during protests to sue the government.
According to a post published on Euphemia Udanoh on February 18, Enwezor, who is the chairman of the house committee on judiciary and legal matters, said the leadership of IPOB has the legal right to sue the federal government for murder and claim damages.