Produce Kanu Within 7 Days Or Face Consequences! IPOB Warns FG, South East Governors; IPOB is a terrorist organization; Fulani herdsmen are just criminal gang – Presidency; France denies funding IPOB & Nnamdi Kanu; Ask Abaribe, others if you are looking for Nnamdi Kanu – Presidency . . .
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, last night gave the federal government and South East governors seven days to produce its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, or be prepared to face consequences that would come from the group. IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful said in a statement that the where about of Mazi Kanu has remained unknown several days after the attacked on his house in Umuahia by the military.
According to him, IPOB members had gone deep in search to locate Kanu and his parents to no avail. “We are giving the federal government and South East governors seven days to produce or tell us the condition of our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. If he still alive, they should charge him to court because if anything happens to him, the South East governors should bear the consequences after the expiration of this notice, or they should hasten to build more prisons and acquire more weapons which they will use to kill more Biafrans,” Powerful said.
Powerful said further that after going through the record of IPOB members in Kanu’s compound on the day of the attack, it was discovered that about 38 members were arrested, adding that they had also not been seen to date.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Thursday said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is a terrorist organization while Fulani herdsmen are just criminal gangs. The Presidential aide said this on Channels television while speaking on the recent proscription of IPOB under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu.
Shehu noted that the pro-Biafra group had no regard for the constitution of Nigeria. Responding to why Fulani herdsmen were not proscribed despite killing many Nigerians, Garba replied:
“This is because there is a difference between a criminal gang and terrorist activities. Yes, the Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and are being dealt with in accordance to the laws of the country but IPOB like Boko Haram has a territory they have carved onto themselves as a sovereign state and have shown willingness to invade neighboring states. They have raised concerns in neighboring Kogi, Benue and also indicated interest in taking over Bayelsa and Rivers. That is exactly what Boko Haram has done with the Flags and taxation systems. This certainly are not acceptable to the laws of the country.”
The government of France has denied anything to do with IPOB). The Embassy of France in Nigeria has expressed surprise at the statement made yesterday (Wednesday) by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed indicating that the “financial headquarters” of IPOB was in France. In a statement the Embassy said:
“The Embassy of France was surprised by the statement made yesterday by the Minister of Information and Culture indicating that the “financial headquarters” of IPOB were in France. We don’t have any knowledge of a particular presence of IPOB in France and the Nigerian authorities never got in touch with the Embassy on this point. We stand ready to examine any information which could support this statement. Furthermore, we would like to reiterate that France actively cooperates with Nigeria in the field of security and that we strongly support the unity of the country,”
The Presidency has said that those demanding for the whereabouts of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, should direct their inquiries to those who signed Kanu’s bail in April.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu made the remark on Thursday. According to Shehu, “I am surprised someone would ask this question. Look, some people went to court and obtained his freedom, they signed his bail.
I believe that a high profile group including a Senator of the Federal Republic signed in a court of law and obtained his freedom. So, if you are looking for him, why don’t you ask the people who bailed him?
Nobody has informed me that Mr Kanu is in the hands of any institution of government. But if I was looking for him, I would ask the guy who bailed him because that is the deal he has with the court of the land.”