Nigeria Cracks Whip On Kenya Over Arrest Of Nnamdi Kanu

Head of membership and mobilisation of the group in Australia, Kennedy Ochi ordered the Biafra people to cut ties with the country's products and services that include flying with national carrier Kenya Airways.

Nigeria Cracks Whip On Kenya Over Arrest Of Nnamdi Kanu

Nigerians who are members of the Indigenous People of Biafra have been asked to boycott all Kenyan products and services amidst the saga surrounding the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu.

Head of membership and mobilisation of the group in Australia, Kennedy Ochi ordered the Biafra people to cut ties with the country's products and services that include flying with national carrier Kenya Airways.

Through his statement, he asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to explain the role he played in the abduction of Kanu and how much he was allegedly paid to enable the extradition.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during his address to the Nation on June 29, 2021. /PSCU 

“It is our wish to notify the public that President Kenyatta Uhuru of Kenya has a question to answer on the role he played in the abduction of Mai Nnamdi Kanu. He betrayed our leader and must be held fully accountable for his atrocities,” part of the statement read as quoted by the Punch.

He added, "This is pure man’s inhumanity to man and he will tell all Biafrans how much he was paid to partake in this devilish act.”

“We, IPOB in Australia, support the leadership of IPOB worldwide and our able Directorate of States(Chika Edoziem) and the head of our Media and Publicity (Emma Powerful) to categorically state that all IPOB members both home and abroad should boycott traveling with Kenya Airways, stop patronizing any product made in Kenya and all businesses dealing with Kenyans, following their country’s betrayal. The battle line is drawn,” he stated.

Despite denial by the Kenyan Government, members of IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu’s family argued that the secessionist was arrested and extradited from Kenya.

Kanu, a Nigerian fugitive has been wanted by the Nigerian authorities after he in 2017 jumped bail. He runs a radio station from London called Radio Biafra and is accused of leading the group which is labeled as a terrorist group in Nigeria.

The group has been calling for the Eastern Region of Nigeria to be granted permission to be a country by itself.

Kanu was first arrested in 2015 in Nigeria and faced 11 accounts which included; terror links, illegal possession of firearms, improper importation of goods, defamatory statement, and publications amongst others. In his first arrest, serious demonstrations sparked in the Eastern Part of Nigeria as they demanded for his release.

Kanu made headlines globally on Tuesday, June 29 after he was presented at the Federal High Court of Abuja.  He was thereafter remanded awaiting the hearing which has been pushed to July 26 and 27, 2021.

Terminal 1 departures at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. /FILE