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IPOB threatens sit-at-home over Kanu’s appearance

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has threatened a one-month sit-at-home in ‘Biafraland’ if its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is not brought to court by October 21.

According to the Punch Newspapers, the secessionist group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said in a statement that it obtained from a trustworthy source that the Department of State Services would not send Kanu to court on October 21 as a plot to keep him imprisoned.

“If the Federal Government fails to bring him to court for his next court appearance on October 21, 2021, the entire Biafra land would be placed under absolute lockdown for one month.

Kanu’s radio broadcasts and social media messages have been a thorn in the side of the Nigerian government for more than a decade, but his move to an armed struggle in 2020 was considered a step too far.

The Eastern Security Network, IPOB’s armed wing, has been accused of killing at least 60 persons, most of them police officers, though the organisation rejects the charges.

Kanu was allegedly arrested in Kenya on June 30 and has since been in detention.