IPOB claims that President Buhari release Kabiru Sokoto while Nnamdi Kanu was still in detention. The group claimed several of its members had been killed by the police. A delta group insisted they were not part of Biafra as they were not consulted. The Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) has lamented the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu by security operatives.
The leader of IPOB was arrested at an airport in Lagos in October 2015 and has been in detention since then. Guardian reports that the pro-Biafra group claimed that Kabiru Umar, popularly known as Kabiru Sokoto, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for mass murder in 2013 has been released by President Muhammadu Buhari while Kanu was still in detention. In a statement released by the spokespersons of the group, Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Ironya, IPOB claimed most of its members arrested were either injured or dead.
“Now, President Muhammadu Buhari has used his presidential powers and authority to release Kabiru Sokoto, the terrorist and mass murderer. “On the other hand, Kanu, our leader was abducted in Lagos by agents of Department of State Services (DSS) on October 14, 2015, arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court and later at the High Court on frivolous charges. “On both occasions, the presiding magistrate and judge struck out the cases and ordered that Mr. Kanu be released unconditionally.
Up to this moment, those court orders have not been obeyed and challenged by the DSS. “What is the rationale behind Buhari’s preference for the freedom of a terrorist and mass murderer over compliance with the rulings of courts of competent jurisdictions?” AS IPOB is pressing for secession a group, Summit Club of Asaba, dissociated the people of Delta from the agitation for an independent state. In a statement by Prof. Fidelis Njokanma and Chinedu Onyia who are the president and secretary of the group respectively, insisted that it was not interested in leaving Nigeria.
The group said Asaba was not consulted in the agitation for Biafra and also condemned the approach of pro-Biafra groups. It called on the Delta state government to employ security reports to take decisive action against move for secession so as to deal decisively with any future occurrences.