Stop playing politics with Kanu’s case, IPOB tells FG

The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Saturday, expressed dissatisfaction with what it described as the slow pace of the trial of its leaders, Nnamdi Kanu and others still in detention.

It alleged that the Federal Government was deliberately delaying the case and playing politics with it.

In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group said hearing on the matter slated for July 11 had been postponed.

According to it, the development is an affront to justice administration and fundamental rights.

The statement read in part, “The members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide have discovered that the Federal Government and the judicial commission/judiciary are playing politics with the case of our leader, Nnamdi Kanu and others in Kuje prison.

“The Federal Government and her security operatives, especially the DSS, are trying to abduct and torture those suspected to be IPOB members, to make incriminating statements against our leader and IPOB members in order to establish a case without proof.”

The group called on all men and women of good conscience around the world, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other relevant human rights organisations to prevail on the Federal Government to release its detained members.

Meanwhile, the Ijaw Youth Council has vowed not to relent in its secession struggle despite opposition from Ijaw leaders, including the leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Edwin Clark.

The group’s president, Mr. Eric Omare, stated this on Friday during the handover by the immediate past president, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, to the 7th National Executive Council of IYC in Warri, Delta State.

Omare also said Ijaw ethnic nationality would not be part of Biafra, adding that Ijaw had started demanding self-determination before the current clamour by some groups in the South-East.

He noted that in line with his administration’s vision, the Ijaw people would relentlessly pursue self-determination from where its former revolutionary leader, the late Major Isaac Adaka-Boro, stopped.

He said, “We do not want a situation, as it is now, where the Ijaw are balkanised in six different states. In Ondo State, the Ijaw people are the minority while in actual fact we are the mainstay of the state. In Edo State, the Ijaw are not just a minority group, they are treated as third-class citizens.

“In Delta State, especially in Warri, we are treated as local citizens. We can vote but we cannot be voted for. In Bayelsa State, even with the resources there, it is still the same thing. Similar problem exists in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states.”

Omare said his administration would engage ethnic nationalities across the country on the best solution to the current agitations in the country.


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