IPOB ‘founder’ speaks on Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest
Presumed founder of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Emeka Emekesiri says justice must be allowed to prevail in the case of Leader of the separatist group, Nnamdi Kanu.
Emekesiri spoke in a video that surfaced after Kanu’s re-arrest and re-arraignment.
Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami had disclosed in a statement on June 22 that Kanu was nabbed two days prior “through the collaborative efforts of Nigerian intelligence and security services”.
The IPOB leader was dragged before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja to resume his trial after jumping bail in 2017.
The judge remanded him in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) and adjourned the matter until July 26.
Although Malami did not state where Kanu was “intercepted”, the IPOB leader’s brother, Kingsley Kanu, claimed that it occurred in Kenya.
Reacting, Emekesiri, who is a lawyer, said that the law should be allowed to take its course.
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“I have received many calls from many people, asking me to make comments on the arrest and trial of Nnamdi Kanu.
“I wondered why they asked me to make comments. Some say that they want my opinion; some say that they want to know the way forward. Well, I’m a lawyer. You know that I believe in the rule of law.
“I heard that he was arrested and returned to the court where he was standing trial in 2017, and I was told he was standing trial and he jumped bail and there was a warrant issued for his arrest — bench warrant.
“Now, it appears that the warrant has been executed. If that is the case and you want me to make a comment, what do you want me to say?
“I’m a lawyer. What I will say is that let justice prevail. Let the law takes its course,” Emekesiri said.
Emekesiri said he founded IPOB and brought in Kanu to manage the broadcast section of the group.
Like a coup, he said, Kanu used the platform to declare himself the leader of the group.
He said that Kanu was expelled from the group in May 2014 and has been carrying on with a ‘fake’ IPOB since then.
“I created the IPOB, under the elders. So, when he joined us, we believed that he had talents for broadcasting, and so we put him in the media department so that he could use the media to promote the work,” he said.
“Initially, he did very well promoting the work, but along the line, we didn’t know he had an ulterior motive. Using the radio, he made an announcement just like the army takes over when they plan a coup.
“He now announced that our elders are saboteurs and traitors, and that he had dissolved the council of elders of IPOB and he is now the leader.
“Well, we excommunicated him on 12th of May, 2014, from this body called Indigenous People of Biafra. So, the one he is carrying on with is fake.”