Indigenous People of Biafra Accuse Federal Government of Abandoning Nnamdi Kanu Case

In a recent development, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) has strongly accused the Federal Government of Nigeria of abandoning its case against their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The group claims that the government is using a series of adjournments as a tactic to avoid pursuing its appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to acquit and discharge Mazi Kanu.

IPoB has openly criticized the Federal Government for allegedly opting to hide behind adjournments rather than facing the pro-Biafra group in court. The group’s statement asserts that the government’s avoidance of the case indicates a lack of confidence in its appeal against their leader.

IPoB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, conveyed the group’s disappointment in a statement, stating that the government’s actions suggest an attempt to evade its responsibility in the matter. The statement questions the government’s motives for not pursuing the appeal against Mazi Kanu and emphasizes the significance of the case as a landmark legal issue in Nigeria.

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Furthermore, IPoB has criticized the Supreme Court’s role in the ongoing situation. The group argues that the court’s failure to set a date for hearing the matter reflects poorly on the justice system and raises concerns about its integrity.

In response to these allegations, IPoB has urged the government to face the case head-on and demanded a fair and expedited trial for Mazi Kanu. The group finds it perplexing that the accused, Mazi Kanu, is requesting the government to bring the case to court while the government appears to be evading it.

In a related development, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu himself commented on his situation during a recent visit by his legal team to the Department of State Services (DSS) detention facility in Abuja. Kanu expressed gratitude to his supporters and clarified that he has already been discharged by the Court of Appeal’s judgment in October 2022. He stated that there are no pending charges against him as of now.

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Kanu emphasized that pleading for his release from the government would be disrespectful to the memory of the late Pa Mbazulike Amechi, who had unsuccessfully appealed to the government for Kanu’s release before his passing. Instead, Kanu called for the Supreme Court to promptly schedule a hearing for the Federal Government’s appeal, adhering to the established legal practice directions.

The situation continues to raise questions about the legal process and the rights of the accused, with IPoB insisting on a fair and transparent resolution. The developments surrounding this case are expected to attract further attention as both IPoB and the government await the Supreme Court’s response.

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