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As the agitation for the Republic of Biafra continues, agitators and supporters of the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has cried foul over the continued silence of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, over Kanu’s continued detention.
Kanu who was arrested in October 2015, by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS), at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos state was subsequently arraigned before an Abuja Magistrate court, which eventually discharged him, after the charges filed against him were withdrawn by the Federal Government.
He was subsequently arraigned before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of an Abuja Federal High Court over charges relating to terrorism, before he was granted an unconditional bail, which was met, but never obeyed by the DSS, as he remained in prison custody, till he was again rearraigned before Justice James Tsoho of the same Federal High Court, before the trial judge stayed off the matter.
Before his further rearraignment before Justice Binta Nyako of the same Abuja Federal High Court, Kanu’s arrest had been greeted with a country wide protest, which eventually resulted into the death of some Biafra agitators in the hands of some security operatives.
However, the Abia state government had alleged that the opposition in the state, All Progressive Grand Alliance, (APGA) of being behind the protests by IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB,which are calling for an independent state of Biafra.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Bonnie Iwuoha, who stated this in an interview had alleged that APGA leaders engaged the protesting youths to destabilize Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s administration, and warned that government will no longer tolerate the activities of disgruntled elements.
He said: “Our suspicion is that some disgruntled elements, especially of the opposition party, APGA, are the ones responsible for the action of these youths who have been on the streets, demonstrating for the Republic of Biafra. This is because leaders of the opposition parties see them as veritable tools to destabilize the state and distract Governor Okezie Ikpeazu. We are warning these people, who have been sponsoring disturbances in the state to cease forthwith.
IPOB, however debunked the insinuation on the attempt to drag the group into the Abia State politics, “when the group does not have any interest in who becomes governor of the state after an Appeal Court, Owerri”.
Highly reliable source who spoke exclusively with BusinessDay, has however berated the state government and its agents including the state owned media outfits, for being bias and incredible in their reportage of the events and activities relating to Kanu’s continued incarceration.
“Even after the courts have granted bail to him,and he fulfilled, the government has decided to keep him imprisoned, and the state government where Kanu hails from has decided not to do anything or say anything on this issue.
“Worst is that, Kanu who is from Abia has never had a credible reportage of his detention, trials and travails and we even expect the state governor to condemn this barbaric act by the federal government. We expect him to call the federal government to order, and seek the release of this true son of Abia, who is only fighting for a just cause of his people”, the source appealed.
The Federal High Court in Abuja, sitting before Justice Nyako is expected to deliver ruling, on the bail application filed by the IPOB leader on December 1, 2016.