Authored by Chima Onyekachi - TBP
October 22, 2017

IPOB Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (R); Sen. Abaribe and a Jewish Rabi, Mazi Kanu's sureties (L)
Everyone should be aware already that the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has gone missing since September 14, after his home in Afara-Ukwu, Umuahia was invaded by the Nigeria Army. Without minding the civilian populace, armored personnel carriers (APC) and anti-aircraft guns (AA) was deployed alongside guerilla warfare combatants, the soldiers came on a mission with a clear directive to shoot every living thing in sight. After the bloody raid by the Nigeria Army at the home of Nnamdi Kanu, scores were killed, rooms were looted, cars destroyed and the family dog not spared. The neighborhood is still deserted because the Nigeria security forces continue to harass and molest residents.

Before the invasion of his home, Nnamdi Kanu has always insisted he will continue to appear in court for his trial because the Nigeria government has no tangible case against him. In the last court sitting to continue his trial, the IPOB leader was nowhere in sight and that prompted the trail Judge, Binta Nyako, to demand his whereabouts from his sureties who signed his bail bond. The sureties are made up of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish Priest and a Business man whom have consistently stated that the last time they heard from Nnamdi Kanu was the day the Nigeria Army invaded his home. The Nigeria Army after denying and later accepting (after they were exposed on CCTV) that they invaded Nnamdi Kanu’s home has denied abducting or killing Nnamdi Kanu.

The last court proceedings recorded that Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe had through his attorney demanded to be relinquished as one of the sureties to Nnamdi Kanu. A decision that is hasty and shows he has being intimidated by the Buhari-led Nigeria government. I do not think Senator Abaribe should be castigated for his decision because out of many he chooses to stake himself for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. I am very much aware of the blackmail style usually used by the Nigeria government to intimidate supposed opposition into silence or forced to act on scripts. Undoubtedly, Senator Abaribe is being coerced by the cabals in the Nigeria government.

The sureties of Nnamdi Kanu should know that they are no longer responsible for the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu as the Nigeria government through its Army illegally invaded his home in a bid to circumvent the judicial process. The rush for the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group was to cover up and justify the illegality perpetrated by the Nigeria Army. Constitutionally, the Nigeria Army has no business with civil matters and is not in any way supposed to be concerned with the enforcement of civil law. Senator Abaribe and other sureties should not forget the raid against Shiite’s leader, El-Zakzaky whom has not been seen since after the raid by the Nigeria Army even after killing his sons and hundreds of his followers.

On a personal note, I want to encourage the sureties of Nnamdi Kanu to demand for his whereabouts from the Nigeria Army who invaded his home. They must understand that it is no longer about Nnamdi Kanu but about the people of Biafra. History will never forget whatever decision undertaken by them at this critical period. The intimidation and blackmail against them is to force them to relinquish their roles as sureties so as to boost the designation of IPOB as a terrorist organization. The international community has wholly rejected the proscription and designation of the Indigenous People of Biafra as terrorists and the Nigeria government is making desperate moves to change that decision made by its foreign allies. Senator Abaribe and other sureties must be conscious of the fact that they are not holding forth for a criminal but for a man seeking for the right to Self-determination for his people as enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

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