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Group restates stance on January 23 date for Kanu, others’ release

By Anietie Akpan, Calabar
13 January 2022   |   2:37 am
A group, the Biafra Nations League (BNL), has insisted on the January 23, 2022 ultimatum issued to the Federal Government to release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu

[FILES] Men of the Nigeria State Secret Police (SSS) escorts Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu (2nd L), outside the Federal High Court during the trial of the IPOB leader who is facing a 7-count amended charge on alleged treasonable felony and terrorism at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 21, 2021. – A high-profile case against a Nigerian separatist accused of terrorism and treason was adjourned on October 21, 2021, lawyers said, after a court appearance under heavy security in the capital Abuja.<br />Nnamdi Kanu, 53, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group, which wants a separate state for the ethnic Igbo people in the southeast, was arrested abroad in June and brought back to Nigeria to face trial. (Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP)

A group, the Biafra Nations League (BNL), has insisted on the January 23, 2022 ultimatum issued to the Federal Government to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Biafra Zionist Federation (BZF), Benjamin Onwuka and all supporters of Biafra.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of their National Executive Council meeting in Bakassi Peninsula on January 12, 2022, and made available to newsmen in Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday.

The statement, which was signed by the National Leader, Princewill Chimezie Richards, Deputy Leader, Ebuta Akor Takon and General Admin Officer, God’stime Ntukidem, decried President Muhammadu Buhari for disrespecting Igbo elders, who visited him to request Kanu’s release, saying: “There will be more insecurity as a result of his stubbornness.”

BNL, which has become a big challenge in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly in Bakassi Peninsula, said the group would not disclose its plans to sanction the Nigerian government.

The group had three weeks ago issued a statement in which it gave the Federal Government up to January 23, 2022, to free all Biafran detainees, especially Kanu and Onwuka.

The group said most of the detained Biafran leaders like Onwuka have been in detention without trial and “is preparing its ground and all volunteers of our defence wing will apply force in executing any activity that will affect the economy of the Nigerian State, especially in Cameroon borders and on the sea.”