By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Nnewi—The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said the continued incarceration of its leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is not because of any alleged offense he was said to have committed, but to impress President Muhammadu Buhari.
It alleged that President Buhari had on December 30, 2015, during his maiden Presidential Media Chat foreclosed the possibility of releasing Kanu in his statement during the chat and that those still holding Kanu even after courts have granted him bail are just doing the bidding of the President.
IPOB in a statement by its spokespersons, Dr. Ikenna Chinaka and Iyom Grace Ukpai, accused President Buhari of sounding autocratic in that media chat, with total disregard to the judicial establishment in Nigeria and to the utter disdain and sanctity of the constitution.
“The President declared before a stunned civilized world that an ‘accused’ person that a court of law granted bail is undeserving to be freed despite the fact that such bails were granted by a court of competent jurisdiction.”
IPOB statement titled, “The trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Justice Binta Nyako and the Judgment of God.” said “the order made by Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally is still subsisting and has neither been appealed by the agents of All Progressives Congress, APC, led government of President Buhari, vacated or set aside.
“Instead of the Federal Government to vacate the order, they resorted to using Justice Nyako to achieve the dictates of the President in the case against Kanu and others by trying to invoke the principles of Sharia law in a matter pending before a Common Law, just to impress her kinsman whose language and disposition have always been to continue to detain Mr. Kanu and others being tried with him.
“IPOB worldwide is implacably opposed to the adoption of elements of Sharia Law in the trial of our leader and other Biafrans and Justice Nyako must bear the following in mind, if she is to continue presiding over the matter.”