Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has insisted that the Radio Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is a freedom fighter and not a coup plotter and for this reason, he cannot be charged for treason or treasonable felony.
The organisation posited in a statement signed by their director of publicity, Emma Powerful, that those persecuting their leader for treason are either ignorant or are deliberately out to cause mischief as fight for self determination does not constitute felony.
BIAFRA: Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu (M), arrives the Federal High Court where he is facing treason and other charges in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
“There seems to be a misconception within the Nigerian judiciary, either through ignorance or deliberate omission, that self determination is tantamount to treason or treasonable felony. (A copy of the United Nations Charter will resolve this issue,) the statement points out.
The statement also pointed out that, “the history of Nigeria is replete with acts bothering on treasonable felony and actual acts of treason itself. Failed coups and attempted coups fall within this category.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide the director radio and Biafra television is a freedom fighter not those coup plotters that overthrew democratically elected government.
“Example of this, is the coup of 1983 that saw the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the then Nigeria Head of State.
“Actus Reus and Mens Rea.
What date was this alleged treason committed?
“How can you charge somebody of a serious crime such as treasonable felony without a date?
“In which planet will a court entertain such a case? Maybe only in Nigeria. What type of charge is that? It’s very obvious that the government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari misunderstood or failed to interpret the provision of the Rights of the Indigenous People.
“To commit treasonable felony, there has to be guns available. The word to note is available not conjecture or imagined but real.
“The two licensed Dane guns (double barrel) recovered from the premises of Benjamin Madubugwu is hardly assault weapons or container load of weapons peddled by the federal government propaganda media unit.
“Where and how did this meeting or plan to overthrow the APC government led by major General Muhammadu Buhari take place? Again a critical ingredient in establishing prima facie.
“The agitation for Biafra by IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu predates the coming of the present administration of major General Muhammadu Buhari.
“The former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was intelligent enough not to arrest mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“However, the only difference between Goodluck Jonathan’s government and that of Muhammadu Buhari is that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu by Buhari’s over zealousness is what triggered the resurgence of Biafra case all over the world now.
“More so, had Daura of DSS released mazi Nnamdi Kanu when the court of competent jurisdiction in the first place by Hon. Shuaibu granted him bail, we won’t be here today navigate here.
“Again, when they also failed to obey the court order of Hon. Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the federal high court Abuja to release him unconditionally that enraged the civilised world and triggered the unprecedented global attention to the agitation of Biafra we have today.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should obey court to order release mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally in Kuje prison Abuja, DSS secret cells and and parts of the country and stop showcasing his incompetency and power drunk mentality to the Nigerians and the entire world”. The statement posits.