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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has lambasted the Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) for calling on President Bola Tinubu not to release their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Eastern Updates recalls that CNG had in a statement on Saturday, by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said Tinubu should not fall for the antics of IPOB and calls from the South-East asking for Kanu’s release.
Reacting, in a statement by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, on Wednesday, said the CNG’s call was a ‘laughable and disgraceful statement from the clueless Coalition of Northern Group.’
IPOB said, ‘The Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) that are advising the Nigerian President to allow the law to run its course are so clueless that they didn’t realize that the Appeal Court of Nigeria in Abuja has already discharged and acquitted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
‘We would have ignored the group of herdsmen, but it’s important to educate them if only they will understand.
‘Nigeria’s government violates both local and international laws,’ it added.
Meanwhile, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the IPOB has condemned those who he described as ‘charlatans’ causing mayhem in the south-east.
The Eastern Update the 2023 Global terrorism index (GTI) ranking released in March 2023, IPOB was ranked as the 10th deadliest terror group in the world – with 40 attacks and 57 deaths in 2022.
The separatist group has introduced sit-at-home to demand the release of Kanu who is being detained by the Department of Security Services (DSS).
The south-east geographical zone was placed under a total lockdown from July 3 through July 10, according to Simon Ekpa, an IPOB leader’s self-declared disciple. Members of the group were told to obstruct business operations and prohibit people from going about their daily lives.