IPOB: Kanu whereabouts still ‘unknown’ on eve of return to court

Posted by Grand News | 16 October 2017 | 810 times


The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement, Mazi Nnamdi Kan’s whereabouts remain unknown even as he was supposed to appear in court on Tuesday in continuation of his trial for treason charges. He has apparently gone ‘missing’ since troops were deployed to the southeastern city of Umuahia last month. The government has since pronounced the group a terrorist organization  with a court of law affirming same. His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told AFP: “Only the army can tell us where he is. Either they arrested him or they killed him. If he is alive, they should bring him to the court on Tuesday.” Justice ministry spokesman Salihu Othman Isah said whether the trial goes ahead depends on Kanu’s appearance and the judge. “I can’t tell you specifically what will happen,” he added. He was first arrested in October 2015 and held in custody until April this year, despite repeated court rulings that he should be released. In Umuahia, which was once the capital of the self-styled republic of Biafra and where Kanu spent his childhood, the windows of the family home have been blown out. Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, maintains he was at the compound when soldiers attacked it on September 14. He said 28 people were killed but the army has denied the claim. Neither claim has been verified independently.

“They were so numerous. They started to shoot from 200 metres (650 feet) away,” Prince Emmanuel told AFP by telephone. “People were running for their lives. We had no guns with us.” Prince Emmanuel said the military was holding his brother in secret. The government has dismissed the claim and said he was “hiding” somewhere. (AFP).

Source: Grand News

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