In June 2021, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu was rearrested by the Federal Government of Nigeria and ever since his arrest, he has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) while he awaits trial.
However, in July 2021, the Federal Government failed to produce Kanu in court contrary to an order of the Federal High Court.
Speaking on this in an interview with SaharaReporters, Kanu’s lawyer said the DSS cited “logistics difficulties” as their reason for their inability to produce Kanu in court for trial.
“They (the DSS) gave no valid reason for Kanu not being in court, except to say it lies in their discretion. But the judge disagreed and told them that trial could not commence without the defendant being present,” Ejimakor said.
The judge also ordered them to grant Kanu’s lawyers access to him twice a week as the matter was adjourned to October 21, 2021.
As it stands now, Nnamdi Kanu is set to appear in court on October 21. Since the DSS failed to produce him in court the last time, IPOB decided they were not taking any chances for Kanu’s next day in court.
As a result, the proscribed group thr£atened to impose a one-month lockdown in the South-East region of the country, so as to make the federal government know they can’t take them for granted if they (federal government) fail to bring its leader to court on October 21.
According to a statement by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the federal government has allegedly perfected plans not to bring Kanu to court on the scheduled date.
“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 Nigeria government and DSS in Abuja not to produce our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to court on 21st October 2021, the date he is due to appear in court to start his case”, the IPOB statement read.
The group also alleged that the plan is to “perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralise him and Biafrans.” However, according to IPOB, this plan would not work.
“The federal government of Nigeria has again perfected plans not to bring him to court on that day. Their wick£d plan is to perpetually keep him behind bars without trial to see if they can demoralise him and Biafrans but they are late”.
“If the federal government refuses to bring him to court in his next court appearance on October 21, 2021, the entire Biafra land will be on total lockdown for one month. The federal government will know that they cannot take us for granted anymore. Our peaceful disposition as a people should not be misconstrued as weakness.”
“Their plan is to suppress agitation and force everyone into submission but Biafrans won’t succumb to their intimidation,” they added.