The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government cannot win the case against its leader, Nnamdi Kanu with the alleged primitive law operated in the country.
The group said with the primitive standards of Nigerian law, Kanu will eventually be set free.
Kanu, alongside Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are currently facing trial before Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court for charges bordering on treasonable felony.
The embattled Director of Radio Biafra, who is facing a secret trial, had recently described President Muhammadu Buhari as a terrorist who committed treasonable felony in 1983.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group queried the felony charge levelled against Kanu.
It wondered why the government can accuse “somebody of a serious crime such as treasonable felony without a date?
According to the statement, titled, “Why Buhari cannot win the case against Nnamdi Kanu in any court of law: Even going by the primitive standards of the Nigerian legal system,” the secessionist reiterated Kanu’s earlier outburst, by describing Buhari as a coup plotter who overthrew a legitimate government in 1983.
The statement reads, “There seems to be a misconception within the Nigerian judiciary, either through ignorance or deliberate omission, that self determination is tantamount to treason or treasonable felony. (A copy of the United Nations Charter will resolve this issue)
“The history of Nigeria is replete with acts bothering on treasonable felony and actual acts of treason itself. Failed coups and attempted coups fall within this category.
“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide the director radio and Biafra television is a freedom fighter not those coup plotters that overthrew democratically elected government.
“Example of this, is the coup of 1983 that saw the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the then Nigeria Head of State.
“Actus Reus and Mens Rea. What date was this alleged treason committed? How can you charge somebody of a serious crime such as treasonable felony without a date?
“In which planet will a court entertain such a case? Maybe only in Nigeria. What type of charge is that? It’s very obvious that the government of Major General Muhammadu Buhari can misunderstood or failed to interpret the provision of the Rights of the Indigenous People.”
IPOB stressed that for a crime to be described as treasonable felony, there has to be the presence of guns.
It maintained that the weapons allegedly found in the premises of one of the suspects, Madubugwu were not assault rifles.
It said, “To commit treasonable felony, there has to be guns available. The word to note is available not conjecture or imagined but real.
“The two licensed Dane guns (double barrel) recovered from the premises of Benjamin Madubugwu is hardly assault weapons or container load of weapons peddled by the federal government propaganda media unit.
“Where and how did this meeting or plan to overthrow the APC government led by major General Muhammadu Buhari take place? Again a critical ingredient in establishing prima facie.”
IPOB said the struggle for the actualisation of Biafra precedes the current administration of Buhari.
The statement added, “The agitation for Biafra by IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu predates the coming of the present administration of major General Muhammadu Buhari.
“The former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was intelligent enough not to arrest mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“However, the only difference between Goodluck Jonathan’s government and that of Muhammadu Buhari is that the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu by Buhari’s over zealousness is what triggered the resurgence of Biafra case all over the world now.
“More so, had Daura of DSS released mazi Nnamdi Kanu when the court of competent jurisdiction in the first place by Hon. Shuaibu granted him bail, we won’t be here today.
“Again, when they also failed to obey the court order of Hon. Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the federal high court Abuja to release him unconditionally that enraged the civilised world and triggered the unprecedented global attention to the agitation of Biafra we have today.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should obey court order release mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others detained illegally in Kuje prison Abuja, DSS secret cells and and parts of the country and stop showcasing his incompetency and power drunk mentality to the Nigerians and the entire world.”