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SURPRISE, DISBELIEF, SHOCK TRAIL IPOB LEADER’S ARREST, RE-ARRAIGNMENT

There’s shock and disbelief in the land as the news of the re-arrest and extradition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) filtered yesterday.

Lots of the people reacted to the news.

IPOB Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said: “I am yet to confirm this story. The pictures they are parading on social media are photoshop to us. They said he was arrested in the United Kingdom, but I want to tell you that he was not there. I really hope they know whom they arrested because; it could be a ploy to want him to say something, since they had wanted him to talk in the last few weeks. The picture will be clearer by tomorrow.”

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lawyer, in his reaction said: “I don’t think it is possible. It is not possible. Someone just called me to inform me about this.”

But he later confirmed the news in a press statement yesterday: “We have just confirmed through a correspondence from the Federal High Court Abuja, about the arrest and the extradition of my client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian State.

“It is to be noted therefore, that no matter the gravity of the offences or charge preferred against him, Section 36(5) of the Constitution still presumes him innocent of the allegation. He was brought before the Federal High Court No 2 Abuja today on an 11-count charge, though without our knowledge.

“As it is in the public domain, the matter has been consequently adjourned to the July 26th, for continuation of trial. The legal team ably led by my humble self will meet them in court on this date.”

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an organization representing the interest of Ndigbo, on its part refused to comment on the development, just like several prominent Igbo sons and daughters refused to speak on the matter.

Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) which was the first South Eastern group to react to the news through its President, Prof. Uzodimma Nwala. The ADF said that Federal Government’s attempt to crush Kanu and his IPOB supporters, while treating the blood-sucking Boko Haram and other bandits with kids glove.

“the arrest or elimination of Nnamdi Kanu from the scene of the struggle would not smash the Igbo spirit and longing for freedom from the chaotic Nigerian federation.”

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere on his part did not support the arrest: “I was also a victim. But he is on political asylum. It is improper to have released and handed him over to his enemy to arrest him. We have no government. The Federal Government has shown it is only for the Fulani. As an elected government, it is no longer doing the will of the people that elected him. President Buhari must give us the Constitution we want, to avoid breaking of this country.”

Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA), in a statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko: “If the government under Muhammadu Buhari can go as far as arresting the fugitive head of the proscribed IPOB, whose group has consistently denied embracing armed struggle to achieve self-determination, it is expected that President Buhari should focus also on arresting the real terrorists of ISWAP/Boko haram terrorists responsible for over 32,000 deaths of innocent citizens and the destruction of North East of Nigeria.

“The Federal Government should stop pampering armed Fulani terrorists and kidnappers who are waging war against innocent school children of Northern Nigeria.”

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), while reacting to the arrest through its Spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, urged the Federal Government to handle Kanu’s arrest and prosecution with caution.

“We know that the man has no respect for the country called Nigeria and has vowed to destroy the country. Sadly, he enjoys collaboration of some Nigerians who for some reasons want the country destroyed. He also enjoys the support of international arms dealers who know that he has the capacity to cause a war to break out in Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy. Given the complex issues involved, we call on the government to handle the matter with care. The best way out is to keep strictly to the rule of law.”

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) through its Spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, commended the effort of government and security agencies in arresting Kanu.

He “On one hand, we commend the effort of the Federal Government and the agencies that made this possible, particularly the International Police. On another hand, we remain apprehensive until the full course of justice takes effect. Kanu as we all know, has a pending trial for treasonable felony and jumping bail. In addition, he must now face additional charges of incitement to violence and killings of people of other ethnic nationalities, particularly Northerners, security personnel as a result of his open incitement.”

 

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