Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has reacted to the failure of the Department of State Services DSS to produce its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, today, July 26.
Kanu’s case was adjourned until October 22 by Justice Binta Nyako because the DSS failed to appear in court in support of Kanu’s rearraignment.
In response to this development, the secessionist group, in a statement released by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, said it hoped that Kanu had been killed. As part of its call for the release of all their members who were arrested for showing support to their leader, the IPOB dared the Nigerian government not to joke with its strength.
The statement in part reads
Under the leadership and command of our great leader, Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra, the global family, condemns the seek and hide attitude of the Department of State Services, DSS, and its systematic delay and failure to produce our leader in court today. Our leader has been kept incommunicado for days now in a deliberate and wicked plot to torture him further. The DSS has denied our lawyers and our leader's family members access to him over the past seven days. What a wicked act! This development is no longer acceptable to us. There are enough grounds to suspect foul play. Despite the failure of the DSS to produce our leader in court today without any credible reason, and the torture he has been subjected to since his abduction in Kenya, we are concerned about his safety. DSS's failure to produce our leader in court today confirms our worries about his health. Given his deteriorating health since he was kidnapped and the refusal of DSS to allow him access to his personal physicians, it is possible that our leader was killed. DSS should prove us wrong by allowing our leader's lawyers and family members access to him. Our patience is running out. IPOB should not be taken for granted by Nigeria. We cannot allow our leader to die in detention. Likewise, we demand the unconditional release of all those arrested today in Abuja and other parts of the country for their solidarity with our leader. The Nigerian government must release them."