On Thursday, December 7, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), urged the Supreme Court to emulate the Appeal Court by granting freedom to its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB insisted that the Biafra agitator committed no crime, both locally and internationally, to warrant his continued detention.
The Supreme Court will deliver judgement on an appeal challenging Kanu’s continued incarceration by the Nigerian government.
However, IPOB’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, urged members of the group to be ready to receive Kanu on December 15.A statement by Powerful reads partly:
“The global family and movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ably led by the great and indefatigable liberator Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, express our readiness to receive our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on the 15th of December 2023.
“IPOB wishes to reiterate that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu did not commit any crime both locally or internationally, and we expect the Supreme Court of Nigeria Justices to toe the line of justice and unconditionally release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“The Supreme Court judges are legal luminaries who understand the Constitution in relation to both international laws and treaties and local laws of Nigeria.
“The Supreme Court justices should emulate the Appeal Court justices, who refused to bow to the executive branch of government’s intimidation but discharged Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and barred the Nigerian government from further arrest and prosecution of our leader.
“The Supreme Court justices should use their privileged office to stop the executive’s recklessness and abuse of the human rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by releasing him unconditionally.
“The Nigerian government cannot brazenly violate their constitution and international laws on extradition with the support of the Nigerian judiciary.
The Supreme Court justices know very well that extraordinary rendition is an international crime.“They understand that Nigeria is a member of the United Nations and a signatory to treaties on extradition. During the Appeal Court judgement in Abuja, the justices relied on extradition infractions and courageously condemned the federal government of Nigeria’s reckless actions of kidnapping, extraordinary rendition, and continuous detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by their unanimous decision to discharge and acquit Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on October 13, 2022.
“We expect the justices of the apex court to toe the same line and, this time, measure out serious punitive actions against the Federal Government of Nigeria for abuse of court orders.”