Arrest Nnamdi Kanu now – Kogi group lays out demand to Police. Following the move by the IPOB to map Kogi and Benue states as part of Biafra territory, a call has been made for the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu. The call for Kanu’s arrest was made by a Kogi Socio-cultural group named the Ujache Igala Association. The group which gave the police a deadline of two weeks to arrest Kanu, said the IPOB’s claim to territory was “utter madness”. Chief Goodman Akwu, the group’s national chairman, in a statement made on Monday, June 5, stressed that there is no logical reason why Kogi and Benue should be mapped as part of Biafra.
Akwu said the IPOB and other pro-Biafra agitators that agreed to the mapping are but pushing their dreams too far. “It is high time the government overcame its insouciance and nipped this audacity of seditious act on time,” the group said. The group warned against a repeat of civil war which happened between 1967 and 1970 “when most of those class of Nnamdi Kanu and his co-travellers have not yet been born,” saying the elderly ones in Igbo land who saw it all and escaped by the whiskers were not fair to the younger generations for not telling them the truth, hence, the zone was gradually being receded into anarchy.
According to Daily Post, the group demanded from Biafra agitators to explain how they arrived at making Kogi and Benue state part of Biafra geographical area, while reminding them of Kogi and Benue people’s historical antecedents of warfare.
The group pointed that democratic regime and freedom of expression did not support secession under any guise as it were, explaining that the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu had breached the bail conditions that left him off the hook. It added that IPOB leader’s dual citizenship still subsisted despite court decision, saying that if anything happened, he would leave the country. The group called on the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris to arrest the IPOB leader for prosecution within two weeks, failure with which they would take to streets in peaceful protests. In a similar vein, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has warned that it will be a big mistake on the part of the federal government and security operatives to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu because arresting him again will draw the attention of the world leaders. The pro-Biafra group in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful on Sunday, June 4, said Nnamdi Kanu is not afraid of going to prison a second time. The group, according to the Punch, said there was need to make the clarification, especially for those who were calling for the re-arrest of Kanu for allegedly flouting his bail conditions.
IPOB alleged that the calls for the rearrest of its leader followed the sit-at-home protest declared by Kanu, which it said was a success. It said: “Arresting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu again cannot stop the agitation rather it will be a very big mistake on the side of Federal Government and her security operatives because when the security operatives arrested him on his arrival from London in his hotel room in Lagos it sparked protests and rallies across the world. “Arresting him again will draw the attention of the world leaders and other relevant world organizations closer to the quest for Biafra independence.”