The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has instructed his lawyers to challenge the Nigerian court order directing his arrest in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Kanu disclosed this while speaking during a broadcast on Radio Biafra on Saturday.
Recall that Justice Binta Nyako of the federal high court Abuja had issued an arrest warrant against the IPOB leader, following his continued absence in his trial, bothering on treason.
Mr. Kanu, who is facing trial alongside other Biafran activists for alleged treason, had gone into hiding after soldiers invaded his country home in Abia State. many cvilians were allegedly killed in that invasion.
One year later, he reappeared in Israel before moving back to the UK.
In between his bail was revoked by the trial court.
Kanu saidThe IPOB leader said the cause for a sovereign state of Biafra is not a crime, and that the group — which has already been banned and tagged a terrorist organisation — will continue to advocate for its cause.
The IPOB leader said the cause for a sovereign state of Biafra is not a crime, and that IPOB will continue to push for it.
He said, “If you are out to demoralise us, you will never ever succeed. We will continue to agitate; we continue to move forward because we are IPOB; we don’t relent and can never ever relent. Which crime did Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants commit? Somebody should name it. Secession is not a crime.”
“The revocation of my bail will never ever hold; they can never convict us because we have done nothing wrong,” he said.
“Every move they make, every decision they take, I will challenge. I have instructed my lawyers, we will challenge in a competent court of law here in Britain where law actually works. I am waiting for them.
“Any day you instruct INTERPOL, that day I will take it up in court and they must answer because here is a civilised country.
“First, I am not a Nigerian citizen. Your bail revocation will never ever work. Anybody interested in revoking my bail would have asked the army what they were doing in my place.”
“They have not even defined the crime they said I have committed. There is no crime in Nigeria called secession; secession is not a crime in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. Only armed rebellion is a crime, not self determination,” said Kanu.