The leadership of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (DOS) has warned its members to avoid using the Radio Biafra to speak ill of the struggle other than what it was created for, Eco City News reports.
According to the chairman of the department known as Chika Edoziem, in a memo released on 31th July, 2021, said officers, Radio presenters and other members working under the struggle should focus on their various departments.
This warning is coming at a time when the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is still in detention after being arrested in Kenya and repatriated back to Nigeria to continue his trial.
Wellbeing of detained Biafran leader spark tensions in Nigeria
According to Gazette Africa, The well-being of Biafra’s pro-independence leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has sparked tensions in Nigeria after his lawyers said the country’s security agency denied them access to him despite a court ruling.
Kanu, who faces charges of treason and other unfounded crimes for calling for a referendum on the independent state of Biafra in eastern Nigeria, was seized in Kenya and illegally repatriated to the country. He was ill from severe torture, said one of his lawyer, Alloy Ejimakor, who visited him in Department of State Service (DSS) custody in early July.
Since being in detention, Kanu has been denied access to his family who said the Kenyan and Nigerian governments violated international law by committing what they called “extraordinary rendition”.
In the east of the country, there are fears that Kanu’s supporters, numbering more than 3 million, may resort to violence or take up arms against the government, as his lawyers announced that they were denied access to him even after the court ordered the security agency to grant them access.
On July 26, when the trial of the Biafran leader was due to commence, the judge Binta Nyako adjourned it to August 21, 2020 following the refusal of the DSS to present him in court.
Speaking on Friday, Ifeanyi Ejiofor said that he and other members of Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team had filed a notice of disobedience to a court order in court, against the security agency who denied them access to the separatist leader.
“A judicial process towards compelling the Director General of the State Security Services’ obedience to the positive Order of Court, has just been activated,” he said in a statement on Friday.
“There must be consequences for flouting a Court Order. It is our right as Lawyers, to visit our Client wherever he is kept, and that Constitutional Right has further been fortified by the Order made by His Lordship Hon. Justice Nyako, allowing us access to Our Client-Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“We shall and must certainly visit and see our Client-Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, otherwise, you let him off the hook and hand him over to us.
“We are law abiding Citizens and shall be seen at all times, to operate within the ambits/dictates of Law.
“This is why we are back to explore judicial remedies available to us in the circumstance of this gross violation of a subsisting Court Order by the Department of State Security Services,” Ejiofor stated further.
Before his involuntary and illegal return to Nigeria, Kanu fled to Israel in September 2017 when his home was raided by soldiers who killed scores of civilians with the aim of assassinating him after the court granted him a conditional bail.
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