March 19, 2024

IPOB: Why violence persists in South East – Nnamdi Kanu 

IPOB: Why violence persists in South East – Nnamdi Kanu 

Nnamdi Kanu

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri, Abuja

The embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday, blamed his continued detention for the violence being experienced in the South East region of the country.

Kanu, who has been in custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since June 29, 2021, said it was unfortunate that some criminal elements have been hiding under the banner of the IPOB to carry out nefarious activities in the region.

He maintained that the security situation in the region would have been much better had it been he was a free man, boasting that no one dared to disobey his directives.

The IPOB leader spoke shortly after the court ended the proceeding that dashed his hopes of securing bail, pending the determination of the seven-count treasonable felony charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

Vowing that those behind the violence in the name of IPOB would not be spared once he is out of detention, Kanu, said: “Anybody committing crime cannot go free. I swear it!

“Anybody committing crime in the East cannot go free. They are doing it because I am in the DSS. If I were to be outside, nobody can try this.

“I suspect that some people in government are complicit. They are making money with the insecurity. 

“They know if Nnamdi Kanu is outside, in two minutes this nonsense will stop.

“Who is the bagger or idiot that will speak when I am talking? That I will give an order in the East who is the idiot that I will give an order that will counter it? Nobody can! I am Nnamdi Kanu. Rubbish!. 

“Anybody involved in any form of violence in the East in the name of IPOB is a goner and they know it. 

“Let me come out of this mess, only two minutes there will be peace in the East,” the visibly irked Kanu bellowed, before he was led away by DSS operatives. 

Trial Justice Binta Nyako had rejected Kanu’s fresh application for bail, even as the court okayed an accelerated hearing of the charge against him.