The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has insisted that only the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government can answer to the whereabouts of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
According to the group, government claim that Kanu is in the custody of one of his sureties, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, is a vain effort to make the senator a scapegoat.
This was contained in a statement IPOB spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, released on Monday. He insisted that government’s denial of Kanu’s whereabouts was a plot to divert the attention of the international community from what really happened.
“This denial of the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and trying vainly to pin it on Senator Abaribe is a well rehearsed path they had taken so many times in the hope of repeating the same lies until the public is forced to swallow it,” IPOB said.
IPOB had challenged its proscription and terrorist tag by the Federal Government in court, but due to the absence of Justice Abdul Kafarati, who issued the proscription order and was supposed to preside over the matter in court on Monday, the group’s suit was stalled.
But in its statement, IPOB claimed that “the press statement by government was timed and choreographed to coincide with its non appearance in court to defend the black market exparte order obtained from Justice Kafarati of Abuja Federal High Court.
“By releasing a statement asking Senator Abaribe to produce IPOB leader on a day the government knew perfectly well that Justice Kafarati would run away from his own court rather than hear IPOB motion challenging his order designating our movement a terrorist organisation, had again demonstrated its utter contempt for the rule of law.
“The Nigerian government, through its soldiers, stormed the residence of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the evidence of the carnage is there for all to see, including bullet holes on the walls of his bedroom.
“Who was the army shooting at inside Kanu’s bedroom? Who sent the army to invade his home and how can they claim they don’t know where he is?
“Could the army have invaded a private residence without making sure that the person they were looking for was there? These are the questions that must be put to the Nigerian government because only it can say where it took Kanu to, or what it did with his body.”
Kanu has remained missing since his home was allegedly invaded by Nigerian Army on September 14, and his failure to appear before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja, for the continuation of his alleged treasonable offence trial has heightened the issue of his whereabouts.