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IPOB dares police over Kanu’s planned return

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By Olisemeka Obeche

Outlawed pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has dared the Nigerian Police to arrest its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, if he returns home to attend his mother’s funeral. Kanu’s mother, Mrs Ugoeze Sally Kanu who died on August 30, 2019 in Germany is expected to be buried in Umuahia, Abia State this December and the IPOB leader, who had not been sighted in Nigeria since he fled his country home, Afaraukwu during the the military crackdown on his residence on September 14, 2017 tagged Operation Python Dance exercise is billed to attend the funeral. Indications that Kanu’s travails were not yet over emerged during the weekend as the Abia State Police Commissioner, Ene Okon, had threatened to arrest the fleeing IPOB leader if he dared return home for the burial of his mother, having been declared a wanted person. The CP who was reacting to speculations that Kanu would return home, also insists that police will not hesitate to arrest any IPOB member who may want to identify himself as belonging to the pro Biafra group during the burial. Hear him: “If members of IPOB are speculating that, the police do not know that one. What I know is that Nnmadi Kanu jumped bail and escaped and is wanted and remains a wanted man. Until that time, I can’t tell you about police action on anything that is speculation, until he comes. “If he comes back and submits himself to the police, police will know what to do at that time. Like I said earlier, we do not deal on speculation, but if actually he will come back, then we will know what to do. If he submits himself, we have to take him before the court, but where he fails to submit himself to the police, if he comes back, he is a wanted man; and the law on somebody that is wanted is clear. “Even you, as a private person or civilian, can arrest a wanted man and hand him over to the police. Then what will police do? If someone is wanted and police sees that person, definitely he will be arrested by the police and handed over to the court. Okon insists that Kanu remains a fugitive. “He had a case in court. He was granted bail, and he jumped bail. So, when somebody jumps bail,
what do you call that one? If he claims he did not do anything, that will be an illusion, a delusion of grandeur. The fact remains that he jumped bail and escaped; and he is wanted, he is wanted. So, that is the position. “The court will decide and not the police. But the fact remains that once any person is declared wanted, wherever the police see him in any corner of Nigeria, the person will be arrested.That has to do with international law and a lot of things are involved that require going through Interpol. “Some people believe Nigeria police is acting as local lords in this matter. Why has it not initiated that move for Interpol to get the IPOB leader arrested? That’s a question I cannot answer. There is international dimension to it. The Federal Government has to come in here. “You know, Nigeria is a member of Interpol, a member of international organizations that have treaties. It has to go through these treaties, conventions and all that.You can’t just jump over some of these things and you say you want to arrest somebody. No, there are procedures. “We are in a country that has treaties with other coun
tries. We need a whole lot of laws and all that and you have to go through all those procedures. Tt’s not a day’s job,” the commissioner said. IPOB Defiant Reacting, IPOB in a statement issued by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful reassured its members that nobody can stop Kanu from attending his mother’s funeral.The IPOB spokesman described the threat by the police as an empty one that does not hold water, maintaining that such threats would only make the group more defiant. “It is important we inform the Fulani masters of this Okon that Biafra is resonating all over the world today, thanks to IPOB. All the years of threats and brutal crackdowns have all resulted in making IPOB more defiant, determined and ruthless in our pursuit of the noble goal of Biafra liberation.” He lambasted Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, accusing them of grand conspiracy and mind-numbing treachery, which he said cannot stop IPOB, adding, “how much less this unknown policeman in uniform in Umuahia.”

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