Abia State Government Playing Games With Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's Extraordinary Rendition
Mijovia News Update, 7th August, 2021.
The statement by Abia state Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu shows that Abia state government is playing political games with the ordeals of the IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Abia State Government has said that the situation of Nnamdi Kanu is being monitored.
The commissioner said the government is monitoring the situation as Kanu is an indigene of the state. Stating that Abia State Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The government therefore asked members of the Indigenous People of Biafra to cancel the sit-at-home they earlier ordered.
Kanu, 53, was arrested in late 2015 after calling for a referendum for Biafrans comprising of Igbo, Ijaw, Efik, Ibibio, Ogoni etc in the Eastern Region.
In 2017, the Nigeria Army went to his father's place with the intent to assassinate him and ended up killing 28 of his IPOB members, his cousin and a pet dog. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu survived the attack and made it to Israel from where Britain provided him with passport as their citizen. This attack by Nigeria government stopped the ongoing court trial, which Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has promised to attend with his 2million supporters.
On June 29, Nigeria government in collaboration with Kenyan government rendered Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria. That was after Kenya special police tortured him for 8days.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu faces trump up charges that include “terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal posession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others,”
Abia state government is trusting in a judiciary that have shown that they are not the last hope of the common man. What will the monitoring of the case by Abia government House contribute to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's case? If Abia State government is sincere, they should be condemning the extraordinary rendition of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his continuous stay in DSS dungeon, when he ought to have been in prison. This shows that Abia state government is simply trying to fool people and play games with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's case. Imagine a government that have allowed schools and hospitals to go on strike complaining of a one day in a week sit at home.
The statement read, “Abia State Government is actively monitoring the situation with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is an indigene of the state and is currently under trial at a Federal High Court in Abuja, with a view to ensuring that his fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic, are respected.
“We remain in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation.
“The Abia State Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We therefore wish to call on all citizens and visitors to continue to be law-abiding and avoid any act that might lead to a break down of law and order.
“While Government will not compel anyone wishing to sit at home for any reason whatsoever not to do so, as citizens have freedom of movement under the extant Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we wish to strongly advise that nobody should also compel or enforce any sit at home order from any non-state actor as doing so does not serve any known interests of the people of the state.
“Furthermore, compelling our children to stay away from school can only serve the interests of the yet to be properly identified persons who may not want to see us make progress as a people.
“Similarly, our traders sitting at home at a time they need to work very hard to sustain their families and create wealth especially in this era of COVID-19 impacted global economy will obviously not serve any development interest of our hardworking citizens.
“All law abiding citizens and visitors are therefore called upon to go about their normal businesses without fear of molestation as adequate security has been provided to ensure their safety.
“Parents and guardians are also called upon to ensure that they monitor the activities of their children and wards with a view to ensuring that they do not engage in unlawful activities that will put them in harm’s way.”