The Socio-Cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the moves of the Federal Government to re-arrest the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, he was accused for treasonable felony charges, in an Abuja Federal High Court.
Recall the IPOB leader, was granted bail on April 25, 2017, after been in detention for months.
Reportedly, an application was served on Friday to Kanu, by the Federal Government asked the court to revoke the bail granted the IPOB leader and also order his immediate arrest by the police.
The Federal Government motion seeking the revocation of Kanu’s bail was hinged on the grounds that the IPOB leader had flouted the terms and conditions of bail granted him by Justice Binta Nyako.
The Federal Government observed that Kanu violated the bail condition by granting interviews and holding rallies which attracted crowds that exceeded 10 persons, contrary to the orders of the court.
Kanu was also described as a threat to national security for inaugurating an illegal security outfit know as Biafra Security Service.
In a reaction the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, accused the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, of bias.
Speaking in a statement entitled ‘Attorney General of the Federation, please respect your Oath of officer’, the Ohanaeze leader noted that the bail conditions handed down by the court, violated Kanu’s human rights.
Nwodo wondered why the AGF would move to re-arrest Kanu, when he (AGF), did not take any stop to check the activities of the Arewa youths who, he said, only ‘pretended’ to withdraw the quit notice they issued to Igbo in the North.
Parts of the statement read, “It has just been brought to my notice that the Attorney General of the Federation has approached the court to incarcerate Nnamdi Kanu for flouting his bail conditions.
“I am amazed that the distinguished attorney is prepared to contest the superiority of the provisions of the constitution of fundamental human rights of freedom of movement and freedom of association over an erroneous judicial proclamation violating those rights.
“I am equally miffed by the audacity with which the Attorney General displays his bias without regard to his Oath of office.
“A few hours ago under the watchful eyes of the chairman of the Northern Governors forum and in total defiance of Head of State’s proclamation of a citizen of Nigeria to live any where in Nigeria and to do business any where in Nigeria, the Arewa youths, pretending to withdraw their quit notice gave qualifications to the Head of State’s proclamation, issuing conditions for enjoyment of citizenship status.
“These same Arewa youths are supposed to have been arrested on the orders of the Governor of Kaduna State and Inspector General of Police for acts of treason, conversion and sedition.
“As the chief law officer of the federation, the Attorney General looks the other way. He does not go to court to seek an order of arrest or prosecution. ”
“I and some Igbo leaders have differences of opinion with Nnamdi on a number of issues. We have been insulted and abused by Radio Biafra but we concede them their nature to be exuberant as youths but we cannot be judgmental about the rights.
“This is a democracy, in democracies, leaders are abused, pelted with rotten eggs and booed at, as Former Edo State Governor was booed in Abuja a few days ago. These acts are not necessarily criminal.
“I urge the Attorney General not to exacerbate our already tense nation by commencing a legal action which portrays him as biased, insensitive and misdirected, ” Ohanaeze also said.