Nnamdi Kanu has apparently flouted his court order. Kanu is facing charges of treasonable felony at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, in an apparent flout of court order addressed a crowd of supporters, which were more than 10.
The IPOB leader addressed them in his father’s compound in Abia state.
The address appeared a violation of conditions set by Justice Binta Nyako when she granted Mr. Kanu bail in April.
Kanu is facing charges of treasonable felony at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
NAIJ reports that Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges of treasonable felony at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kanu is one of the leading voice in the call an independent Biafra republic from the Nigerian state.
NAIJ also recalls that while granting him bail in April, Justice Nyako barred Kanu from being in a crowd that exceeded ten people.
Kanu was also barred from granting interviews or engage in rallies.
Kanu was seen addressing a congregation of Biafran supporters on the occasion of the Shabbat, a Jewish religious programme.
“Not minding what is happening, we remain IPOB, is that correct? (Crowd respond in chants of affirmation for Mr. Kanu’s question). We are unstoppable. This congregation here is very special to me. This is the very first observance of Shabbat in this very family. My joy knows no bounds because in prison I used to dream about this; I used to dream about keeping the Shabbat,” he said.
Going further, he called for the support of the sit at home call by IPOB. The police have condemned the May 30 shut down of business by the group.
“On the 30th of May, we will shut this very place down and prepare for Biafra. The choice is theirs, if they will give us a date for the referendum. And if they fail to do that there will be no election in the south east forever and ever,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, while reacting to his client’s appearance in a group more than 10, told Premium Times that though he is yet to see the video, but being in a religious activity cannot be regarded as negation of court order.
“I have not seen the video, you are referring to, but that cannot be seen in the context you are taking it. The court itself recognised the fact that Kanu is a religious man and that is why one of his sureties was required to be a religious leader from his Jewish religion.
“Remember that Kanu is a Jew. The court, for example, cannot say that Kanu should not go to church, or to a supermarket or any such similar places. That condition and a few others are part of what we are seeking to get the court to interpret,” the counsel said.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) faulted former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call, urging the group to jettison its secessionist struggle.
Obasanjo has in a recent statement urged pro-Biafra agitators to bury their agitation and fight for the ‘national cake’.
In a press statement signed by its media and publicity secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, IPOB said it was not interested in the so called ‘national cake’.