Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members (file photo)
‘We make bold to say that the Supreme Court of Nigeria appears to be encouraging the illegal detention of our leader without any charge by failing to fix a date to hear a matter they had already sat twice over’
By Valentine Amanze
The Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has called on the federal government of Nigeria to either free its leader from the detention of the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) or appear in Supreme Court to defend why it objected the order of the Apeal Court, discharging him of all charges.
It stated that the continued detention of Kanu in DSS custody in Abuja was not justifyable when the federal government refused to defend its action in the Supreme Court a year after Apeal Court freed him (Kanu).
In a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Director, Comrade Emma Powerful, IPOB lamented that it was obvious that the federal government of Nigeria has abandoned its appeal against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at the Supreme Court of Nigeria because there was no case against him.
It pointed out that it was the duty of the government to insist on diligent prosecution of the case, rather than running away from its own Court.
“It is laughable that the person being prosecuted by the federal government is the person asking them to come to court. Is this not bizarre? What is it that federal government is afraid of in pursuing a case they themselves brought at the Supreme Court against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu?” it stated.
Besides, IPOB accused the Supreme Court of encouraging the continued detaintion of Kanu without charges.
“We make bold to say that the Supreme Court of Nigeria appears to be encouraging the illegal detention of our leader without any charge by failing to fix a date to hear a matter they had already sat twice over.
“This is unheard of. Supreme Court own rules provides for accelerated hearing, why is this rule not been adhered to in a matter of this magnitude where Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has already been discharged by the Appeal Court of Nigeria.
“Not many people know that it was the Federal Government of Nigeria that approached her own Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the Appeal Court that discharged our leader. So we are at a loss to understand what the delay at the Supreme Court is all about, unless they are under strict instructions from the presidency not to hear the matter before them. If this is the case the Federal Government of Nigeria should be magnanimous to accept defeat. We can assure the Federal Government of Nigeria that we shall accept with all humility this inescapable reality,” IPOB stated.