The Indigenous People of Biafra says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is holding its leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu illegally.
Kanu has been in detention since 2021.
IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said this in a statement on Monday, in response to the plea by the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo for the unconditional release of the IPOB leader.
The pro-Biafran group said while they welcome Soludo’s move, the issue of granting bail or standing surety for Kanu does not arise because the Federal Government is in breach of an order of a superior court of competent jurisdiction.
According to the group, Kanu had been discharged on October 13, 2022, by the court of appeal and do not have any need for surety because there is no charge hanging on him as of today.IPOB said, “We have gone beyond the issue of surety or no surety, every genuine call and demand in the prevailing circumstance should be firmly directed at calling out on the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately obey the order for the unconditional release of Kanu made by its own court.
“Though the said call for the unconditional release of our leader is belatedly coming three months and one day, after the Court of Appeal, Abuja judicial division, in its erudite judgement delivered on October 13, 2022, discharged and acquitted the leader of IPOB and all the remaining eight-count amended charges preferred against him, and consequently directed for his unconditional release.
“The landmark judgment further prohibited the Federal Government from further detaining our leader or even presenting him for trial on any indictment or offence whatsoever before any court in Nigeria.
“It is important therefore, to clarify that our leader has no form of indictment or even charge pending against him today before any court by the authority of this judgement.
“The issue of granting bail or otherwise does not arise by any stretch of consideration or imagination, because it is the Federal Government that is today in breach of this order of superior court of competent jurisdiction.
“May we also remind Governor Soludo and others, that Kanu’s current incarceration is not sanctioned by any law known to man, it is unconstitutional and affront to constitutional democracy and rule of law.
“Further to the above, is the fact that Kanu has no case to answer again, therefore, the need for surety does not arise, instead Soludo should gear all his efforts towards persuading and compelling on the lawless rulers of Nigeria to obey their own law.
“It is to be pointed out further, that this kind of plea is the reason why the rulers of Nigeria have no regard for the rule of law, why should we be pleading with them to obey their own court orders directing for the unconditional release of Kanu? It’s compelling and mandatory on their part to obey their own court orders.
“Federal Government is today in grave contempt of the orders of court of its own court, and their appeal before the Supreme Court can not justify the present illegal incarceration of our leader in a solitary confinement in DSS.”