The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, said on Monday, August 29, 2016 riot in Kuje prison was an orchestrated attempt to kill its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group said by firing teargas canisters into Kanu’s cell, the security men did so with the intention to suffocate him to death.
IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful made this known in a statement in Enugu on Monday, August 29, 2016.
“The Federal Government and it’s secret police, the DSS through the prison authorities and warders in charge of Kuje Prisons have perfected arrangements to snuff life out of our leader, Mazi Kanu and those with him in the prison by separating the inmates who had misunderstanding with fellow inmates. There were teargas and gunshots into Mazi Nnamdi Kanu ‘s cell for him to die systematically,” the statement, emailed to The Trent, read.
“However, we observed that the government and its security agents through their prison warders orchestrated the violence in the prison in order to have excuses to eliminate Kanu.
“The orchestrated violence to be executed by prison warders started when the security agents shot sporadically towards the doors and windows where our leader Mazi Kanu and two other IPOB members were being detained.
“The prison officials went to search some prison inmates whose cells were very far from where Kanu and two others were kept but all of a sudden, they started shooting live bullets towards the direction where our leader was kept. The cannon of teargas was thrown inside the room that he stays.
“Right now, we don’t know the condition of our leader and others detained with him.
“We are calling on the international community, the United Nations UN, the African Union AU, lovers of freedom, Amnesty International, AI, Human Rights watch/NGO’s and well-meaning Nigerians who understand the meaning of self-determination to come to our rescue because right now, we don’t know the condition of our leader.
“We in IPOB family worldwide under the leadership of prophet Nnamdi Kanu are still intact in the pursuit of Biafra restoration irrespective of the attacks from the FG and DSS.
“We, however, call on the agents of darkness in our midst and in Biafraland and government to look for another place because IPOB under Kanu is intact, no factions or crises within us and nobody can divide this group which has the divine mandate to liberate the people of Biafra from the shackles of slavery and bondage.
“Nevertheless, all the members of IPOB are advised to be resolute, watchful and mindful of whom they allow into their midst. We congratulate the international community, all rights organizations/NGOs, Christian community and well-meaning Nigerians who deemed it so wise to advise Nigerian government to release Nnamdi Kanu and other members of IPOB and pro Biafra agitators detained in different prisons and security cells across the country.”