The Nigerian Government has listed the alleged sins of Nnamdi Kanu, chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in a letter to the worldwide neighborhood.
The authorities alleged that Kanu orchestrated the killing of 60 individuals and destruction of property in 55 violent assaults throughout the South-East and South-South Zones inside 4 months.
The Nigerian Government said this in a letter dated April 26, 2021 to western diplomats, NAN reviews.
In the letter, it listed the alleged atrocities dedicated by members of IPOB on the instruction of Kanu who was then in exile.
NAN additionally reviews that one of many attachments to the letter listed the assaults on lives and property by IPOB and its militia arm, Eastern Security Network (ESN) in some components of the nation between January and April 2021.
With a number of Kanu’s broadcasts from Europe, there have been considerations in official quarters that some western international locations have been justifying IPOB’s violent acts beneath the guise of the group’s pursuit of self-determination.
According to the letter from the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to some western international locations, the Federal Government objected to a press release by an company of a western nation whose authorities had famous that ESN was created to fight insecurity.
The Federal Government, in its letter, nevertheless thought-about the assertion (by the western nation) as ” justifying the institution of a militia by a non-state actor and glossing over the damaging and violent acts of IPOB and the ESN.”
”In beneath 4 months this 12 months, IPOB has carried out over fifty-five (55) violent acts in numerous components of South-East Nigeria killing scores of individuals and destroying many properties.
“Indeed it would seem that the position of the (western nation) seems to have further emboldened Nnamdi Kanu the self-confessed leader of IPOB.
”As recently as 22nd April, 2021, broadcasting online from his base in London, Mr Kanu has issued a series of instructions to his militia and other members of the outlawed organisation, on acts of violence to be carried out within the territory of Nigeria,” the Federal Government stated in the letter.
The letter made copious references to some of the threats issued by Kanu thus: “Our madness has just begun.
“Every evening, younger males is not going to sleep, you’ll come out, on the beginning of each highway that results in each populated space beneath human habitation to ensure that acceptable highway blocks are put in place to sluggish them down so we are able to catch them (Fulanis) and kill them.
”That is what we wish you to do. Obiano (Governor of Anambra State) from right this moment onwards, anyplace you might be seen in public you’ll be attacked …. Obiano, … you’re a lifeless man strolling.
“Any landlord that gives accommodation or rents his house or her house to a Fulani person, to an army personnel, to somebody who works for the police or Department of State Services (DSS).
“Kill them. If you see the army and the police in your place, kill all of them… Kill them.
“From today I am announcing, there will be no election in Anambra State. Every edifice of election in Anambra State, will be destroyed. I am warning you in advance. There will be no election. There will be no campaign in Anambra State.
“Any vehicle you see, from tonight (22nd April 2021), 12 midnight to 5, destroy it completely. That is the time they (referring to Fulanis) move about abducting people. And we keep quiet. … What stops you young people from, once you see them coming around 4am in the morning, you will block all every exits, set it on fire?
”They will exhaust all of the ammunition that they’ve, then we seize them alive and reduce off their heads. All of them. Decapitate them,” the Federal Government additional quoted Kanu’s alleged directions to IPOB members.
The Nigerian Government additionally famous that members of the outlawed organisation, following these directions, intensified their assaults on the required targets.
According to the Federal Government, Kanu points directions from western capitals utilizing Radio Biafra and members of the outlawed organisation carry them out in Nigeria.
“For instance, a day after Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State confirmed to newsmen that Nnamdi Kanu has ordered members of the group to kill him and different South-East Governors, which orders have been repeated on Radio Biafra, the non-public residence of Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, in his hometown in Omuma, Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, was attacked and set ablaze and two of the safety males connected to the home have been killed,” the Federal Government stated.
The letter then listed the IPOB assaults within the South-East and South South Zones:
Abia: Between January 26 and April 19, 2021, six policemen have been killed whereas property price large sums have been destroyed by IPOB members in coordinated assaults at Uratta junction, Aba North LGA; Omoba Police Station, Isiale-Ngwa South LGA; Abriba Community in Ohafia LGA, and Uzuakoli Police Station in Bende LGA.
Akwa Ibom: 25 individuals, together with safety personnel have been killed in deliberate assaults on totally different places throughout the state, between January 27 and April 19, 2021.
Cross River: Seven law enforcement officials have been killed at Calabar-Ikom freeway in Obubra and Yakur LGAs, on March 2, 2021, whereas a soldier was killed two days later on March 4 at a army checkpoint at Obubra Junction in Obubra LGA.
Delta: Between January 10 And April 14, IPOB members attacked and killed 11 individuals together with safety personnel in Ughelli, Ndokwa East, Ezza South, Onicha, Ezza North, Ohaozara, Ohoukwu, LGAs.
Enugu: Three policemen have been killed in assaults on totally different places throughout the state between February 28 and April 18.
Imo: Between January 3 and April 24, 2021, IPOB members killed seven individuals and injured many others in numerous assaults in Orlu, Obouo, Aboli Mbaise, Chitte Uboma, Isiala Mbano, Owerri, Njaba, Mbatoli, Oru East LGAs.
Rivers: On April 17, 2021, IPOB operatives killed an NSCDC operative on guard responsibility at Shell crude oil manifold in Elelewon village in Obio/Akpor LGA and injured many others.
The Federal Government additionally advised the western nation that its place might appear to have additional emboldened Kanu, including that this will likely clarify the elevated tempo of assaults carried out by members of his group.
Kanu, who jumped bail in 2017 and fled the nation, was arrested and re-arraigned earlier than Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.