The Federal Government has charged Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), with instigating the violence that has engulfed sections of the nation.
This is evidence included in the revised seven-count charges filed against Kanu in a Federal High Court in Abuja, where he is charged with treasonable crime and terrorism.
Thursday, October 21 has been set for the arraignment.
According to the case summary signed by the Federal Ministry of Justice’s Director of Public Prosecutions, M.B. Abubakar, dated 12th October, 2021, the prosecution stated that it will present evidence that Kanu granted an interview to Sahara Reporters “in which he asserted that Nigeria, which he refers to as the ‘zoo,’ has ‘come to an end.'”
Additionally, the prosecution claimed that Kanu stated in the interview that “if they do not give us Biafra, Somalia would be child’s play; Somalia will seem like paradise.” We are going to slaughter everyone in that zoo known as Nigeria.
“If they do not give us Biafra, the zoo will cease to exist.”
Additionally, the prosecution said that Kanu does not believe in a peaceful way to achieving Biafra’s independence since he stated that he is unaware of any instance when a peaceful approach succeeded.
“Through his broadcasts, he encouraged his listeners to set fire to as many police stations as they could and to murder any police officer or military troops,” the prosecution said.
The prosecution claimed that Kanu ordered his followers in the Diaspora in a broadcast on August 1, 2015, to identify the families of Nigerian officials overseas, their homes, and schools for retaliation against security forces attacking Biafrans.
The prosecution claimed in the seven-count indictment that Kanu attempted to carve away South East, South South, and portions of Kogi and Benue states in order to establish the Republic of Biafra in violation of Section 41(c) of the Criminal Code Act, 2004.
The federal government also alleged that on 28 April 2015, Kanu made a broadcast on Radio Biafra, London, which was monitored in Enugu, in which he referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as a paedophile, terrorist, and embodiment of evil “knowing same to be false,” in violation of Section 357 of the Criminal Code Act, 2004.
Other charges read, “that you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afarachukw lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulusiizor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, a radio transmitter known as TRAM 50l concealed in a container of used household items, which you declared as used household items, between March and April 2015, and you
That “on the 16th of May, 2021, in London, United Kingdom, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, you committed and assisted in the commission of an act of terrorism by broadcasting that “in two weeks time, what will happen will shake the world, people will die, and the entire world will stand still mark my word,” and you thus committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 1 (2) (h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.