The Federal Government on Tuesday told a Federal High Court in Abuja that Nnmadi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, is hiding to avoid prosecution.
The Federal Government, according to DailyPost, said this while urging the Acting Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, to dismiss IPOB’s application to quash the proscription order.
The Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Akpata, representing the Federal Government said that there was no bloody attack in Kanu’s residence during the Operation Python Dance II.
He added that the operation was not responsible for the whereabouts of the IPOB leader, adding that there was no report from security operatives to the effect that Kanu was missing.
“Kanu has deliberately gone into hiding ostensibly to avoid his adjourned trial and also to avoid the likely legal consequences of the activities of himself and his group”, he said.
Akpata urged Justice Kafarati to dismiss the motion IPOB filed to quash the proscription order.
He said: The activities of IPOB has been hampering effective policing of the South East region”, adding that the Inspector General of Police had directed his men to deal decisively with Biafra agitators who ordered restriction of movement in the South East to mark the Biafra Day celebration.
“The leader of Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, and founder of the renowned Movement for Actualisation of Soverign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Ralph Uwazuruike, attested to the violent conducts of IPOB members.
“That aside from threatening to stop Anambra governorship election in November, Nnamdi Kanu has also stated that there would be no elections in the other four South East States in 2019.”
The government also informed the court that the proscribed pro-Biafra group was behind arms importation recently intercepted in Lagos by the Nigeria Customs Service, NSC, noting that investigations revealed that members of the group imported arms, comprising of pump action rifles from Turkey.
The FG said the deal was brokered by a Turkish national that allegedly visited Nnamdi Kanu, shortly after he was released from detention.