Kanu’s Arrest Not End Of Biafran Affair, Referendum Must Hold – Coalition Of Northern Groups

File photo of Nnamdi Kanu in court

 

The Coalition of Northern Groups has said that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is not the end of the Biafran agitation. 

In a statement by its spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman on Tuesday, the group called on the Federal Government to allow the full course of justice to take effect, adding that a referendum is necessary to determine the finite outcome of all agitations for sovereignty.

“Nobody should make the mistake of assuming that the arrest is anywhere near the end of the Biafran affair.

“We stand our ground that a referendum must be held to determine this and all other agitations for self-determination from any part of the country,” the statement read in part.

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The group said it received the news of the arrest and repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu with mixed feelings of apprehension and appreciation.

The coalition commended the effort of the Federal Government and the agencies that made this possible, particularly the International Police and authorities of the United Kingdom for honoring their obligations with Nigeria.

It, however, noted that apprehension will remain until the full course of justice takes effect.

Kanu was rearrested and brought back to Nigeria on Tuesday. He was intercepted on June 27. The IPOB leader is expected to be re-arraigned before the Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial.

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the Federal Government’s application to detain the IPOB leader in a DSS facility ahead of the continuation of his trial.

Justice Nyako also granted the application for the accelerated hearing of his trial to July 26 and 27 as against the earlier adjourned date of October 20.

This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021 shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.
This photo released by Nigerian authorities on June 29, 2021, shows Mr Nnamdi Kanu in handcuffs.

 

Mr Kanu has repeatedly called for the breakaway of a significant chunk of southern Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra.

He is expected to face charges of treason in court.

In October 2015, he was arrested by Nigerian authorities on an 11-count charge bordering on “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory  matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.”

He was granted bail in April 2017 for medical reasons.

However, Mr Kanu fled the country in September 2017 after an invasion of his home by the military in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State.

Since then he has been sighted in Israel and has continued to rally his supporters in Nigeria to employ violence in achieving secession.

Northern Groups Demand Rescue Of Katsina Students, Shelve Plan To Protest In Daura

The Coalition of Northern Groups have demanded the rescue of abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

They however shelved their plan to protest in Daura to register their concerns with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the town on a weeklong visit.

The National Coordinator of the Coalition, Balarabe Rufa’i explained that instead, the CNG is using the occasion to launch the #BringBackOurBoys struggles that would go on ceaselessly until all the abducted children are returned alive and safe.

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Speaking at a press conference in Katsina, the state capital the group described the abduction of the children as a total weakness of President Buhari’s administration and his failure to protect the lives of all Nigerians.

The coalition of Northern Groups protest at premises where they held a press briefing in Katsina, Katsina State capital on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

 

They also called for the unconditional resignation of all the Service Chiefs.

While explaining the reason why they shelved their plan to take protest to Daura, the group said it is as a result of considerations raised by the security agencies in Katsina State.

They added that the prevailing tense atmosphere across the state may not guarantee a peaceful ending to the protests considering the crowd likely to be pulled out.

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CNG said further that their last consideration is that the Katsina Government has given assurances that having developed contact with the abductors, it will within the shortest possible time secure the release of the children, an effort that should not be jeopardized at this point.

The CNG had earlier on Wednesday planned to stage a protest to Daura.

The spokesperson, Abdulazeez Suleiman vowed that the protest will be indefinite until the students are rescued.

He said that the protest will kick off in Katsina, the state capital on Thursday and will then proceed to Daura to register their concerns with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the town on a weeklong visit.

Kankara Abduction: Northern Groups Threaten To Hit Streets In Protest

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: Some protesters stormed the streets of Katsina demanding the immediate release of abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State on December 13, 2020.

 

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has threatened to hit the streets in protest if the government fails to rescue the missing students following the terrorist attack on students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina State.

The Northwest Coordinator of the Coalition, Jamilu Aliyu Charanchi in a press briefing held in the state capital threatened that thousands of protesters will be mobilised if the school pupils are not rescued as soon as possible.

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“Failure of the government to rescue the missing students within the shortest period of time, CNG will not hesitate to mobilise hundreds of thousands on the streets of Katsina State on a series of protest until the students are fully rescued.

“This will happen even if it’s going to cost us our lives,” Charanchi said.

The group also slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for not visiting the affected school, despite being in the state for a private visit.

They added that the insurgent attack on the school exposes not only the weakness of the government but also “lack of its concern to the educational sector.”

They described the action of the government as “inhuman, insensitive, ungodly and barbaric.”

They, therefore, call for immediate action including the closure of all boarding secondary schools and the immediate deployment of security personnel to all secondary schools within the state.