#Nnamdi Kanu: Why CD Backs pro-Biafra Protesters, Urges Ndigbo Youths to Shun Fr. Mbaka Ministry

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IPOB_Imo_With tension rising higher as a result of the activities of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), which refused to be intimidated by threats by security forces in the South East part of Nigeria, the Campaign for Democracy (CD), has lashed out on some selfish Igbo elements who are crucifying the groups for their peaceful approach to the demand for the actualization of a Sovereign State of Biafra, to shut their mouth, if they do not know what to say.

According to Vanguard report, the CD through their South East Chairman, Dede Uzor A. Uzor argued that there is right to peaceful protest, whether the protesters have reasonable demands or not, and whether what they are demanding is feasible or not, saying that CD will only be against them if they resort to violence or destruction of any kind.

CD also called on the people of South East who are sympathetic to the demands of the two groups to boycott using and buying all the products from the stable of the controversial Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka, who described them as evil, since an evil is not expected to use the product of a saint like Fr Mbaka, until he apologize to MASSOB and IPOB.

CD ask the Catholic authority to call Fr Mbaka to order because he is not the only priest in Nigeria and cannot even count as the one of the first 1,000 best priests in Nigeria and should not always be be involved in controversy with people and individuals, saying, if he is not tamed, he will end up being an embarrassment to the respected Catholic community.

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“We are calling on Igbo Christians to also boycott Rev Mbaka’s Ministry, he is a disappointment to Igbo race, he has not for one day criticized or condemned the brutal killing and open murder of Igbo people in the North by the Boko haram insurgents, or ever criticized their activities, which are more dangerous and life wasting than what MASSOB and IPOB is doing.

“We are not surprise because he loves money and they have bribed him with their recent visit to Enugu after which he started talking like he is known for”.

The CD said that about 2,338 members of MMASSOB and IPOB youths have been murdered between September 13, 1999 to date by security agents in the country, while over 900 Igbos have been killed with bombs by the Boko haram insurgents and Rev Fr Mbaka has not deemed it fit to speak against them, neither has he alerted the Federal Government on the state of the federal roads in the South East, just because he has been settled.

Lawyer to the IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, Mr. Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, had accused the Department of State Security (DSS) of deliberately holding his client in its cell, insisting that despite meeting the bail conditions, the DSS had refused to release Kanu, thereby breaching his fundamental human rights.
Obetta said his allegations arose against the background that an Abuja Magistrate Court at Wuse Zone 2, presided over by Magistrate Ahmed Usman Shuiabu, granted his client bail and the stringent conditions were met barely a week after.
He expressed dismay that instead of releasing Kanu, the DSS were hinging its action on the verification of the property presented for the bail.
Obetta said that Kanu was arraigned in court on Wednesday, October 14 and granted bail.
Subsequently, he travelled to Abuja where they met all the bail conditions but as at Friday, all efforts to let Kanu off the hook of DSS custody proved abortive.
According to him, the DSS said that they were still verifying the documents of the landed property submitted as one of the conditions for his bail.
The lawyer argued that it was an aberration and an indictment on the democratic process for the DSS to still keep his client in its custody and not the prison as the law demands, stressing that it was an infringement on Kanu’s fundamental human rights.
He said: “It is a thing of concern that our client’s fundamental human rights are being violated despite a substituting court ruling that he is entitled to bail. The case of Nnamdi Kanu is a test case of the ongoing ‘change mantra ‘of this administration.
“To me, it appears that the authorities have found him guilty even before trial despite the copious position of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which presumes an innocent until contrarily proved,” he said.
He disclosed that the DSS charge against the Radio Biafra chief at the magistrate court were “criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an unlawful society, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and criminal intimidation contrary to sections 97,97b and 397 of the Penal Code.”
Obetta said that Magistrate Mohammed was convinced beyond reasonable doubts that they were bailable offences.
According to Obetta, the bail conditions which are N2 million with one surety who must be a civil servant on Grade Level 16 and above, who must be residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and must own a landed property in the FCT, of which the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) must be deposited in court, have all been met.
However, the requirement that the authenticity of all the documents must be verified by the prosecution is what has delayed his release. He argued that offences for which Kanu was charged fell within the category of ‘simple offences’ and as such he shouldn’t be subjected to an endless incarceration”.
The Magistrate Court 1 sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to produce the Director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu,  before it on Monday. It is not clear if the DSS will obey the order of the court, which it has flouted in the past.

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