Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members have threatened to lockdown the Southeast and other states in Biafra beginning on Monday, August 9, 2021 if its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is not unconditionally released by then.
By a statement signed by Mazi Chika Edoziem, the Directorate of State, IPOB alleges that the Federal government intends to punish and subject Kanu to media trial, at the same time keeping him in detention until October 2021. A group of Governors, individuals and businessmen it listed as collaborators with the Federal government on the abduction and extradition of its leader was asked to pray fervently that his health was not endangered and be ready for the dire consequences.
The statement in part reads
“The global community knows that self-determination is not a crime, the Nigerian government equally know that self-determination does not constitute any known offence stipulated in their constitution and therefore do not have any case against the leader of IPOB, Mazi Kanu.
In recognition of the above fact and truth, the Directorate of State of IPOB, demands herewith an unconditional and immediate release of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on or before the 8th day of August 2021, failing which we shall commence a weekly Lockdown of Biafra land starting from 9th August, 2021.
For the avoidance of doubt this total lockdown of Biafra land will take place every Monday until our leader is released unconditionally. This weekly lockdown is simply one of the measures we shall put in place to ensure that our leader is released hale and hearty.
To all the Governors, business men in Biafra land and all those who are complicit in the abduction of our leader from Kenya to Nigeria, those of you who contributed money to enable the Nigerian government to kidnap our leader, pray fervently that his health is not endangered and nothing untoward happens to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, because then the land of Biafra shall not accommodate you and the Biafra people.
We affirm our reediness to do all that is necessary to secure the immediate release of our leader. It is completely unacceptable to IPOB to allow our leader to remain in the hands of the enemy up till October 2021.”