Leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, has disclosed that the Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who was arrested on Saturday, by the Department of State Services (DSS), does not belong to the movement.
But a faction of MASSOB had condemned the arrest, insisting that it could cause the country “diplomatic damage.”
Uwazuruike, who spoke through his Assistant Director of Information, Sunday Okereafor, in Owerri, the Imo State capital, described Kanu as a rebel who had long been expelled by MASSOB for inciting violence among members.
“Kanu’s arrest has nothing to do with the struggle for a sovereign state of Biafra,” the MASSOB leader stated.
He added that Kanu broke the group’s non-violence approach and was summarily dismissed.
Uwazuruike, however, dismissed the allegation that MASSOB was behind the arrest of the Biafra Radio boss, adding that the movement cannot meddle into such unnecessary matters.
Meanwhile A pro-Democracy Non-governmental organisation – Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the arrest of Kanu saying that the arrest is an “outrageous violations of the constitutional freedoms of Right to Association and Movement” even as a demand has been tabled for his immediate release and an apology from the Nigerian State.
HURIWA in a statement signed jointly by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, said the “abduction was done in the guise of arrest without allowing him enjoy all the constitutional rights recognised in the process of any valid arrest which essentially includes allowing his legal representatives to be aware of such an action and the specific security agency carrying out such an act.”
The group said that the illegality that characterized the arrest of the Pro-Biafra advocate by the DSS has completely made nonsense of the principle of rule of law and is hereby accordingly condemned.
HURIWA said the constitutional freedoms of speech and expression enshrined in the Nigerian law do not forbid anyone from canvassing peaceful self-government which in any event is legally permissible under diverse international humanitarian laws including the Covenant on Civil and political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human rights (UDHR) which Nigeria as a United Nations member signed on to.
HURIWA indeed said that President Muhammadu Buhari had at the just ended General Assembly of the United Nations canvassed global support for the Palestinian Cause which is similar to the agitation for self-rule by the pro-Biafra platform based in Europe which Mr Nnamdi Kanu currently champions through the instrumentality of peaceful media advocacy campaigns.
HURIWA said that Mr Nnamdi Kanu is a Political Prisoner of Conscience and must be released.
HURIWA charges DSS to go after the founders and funders of the Boko Haram terrorists that are unleashing horrendous crime against humanity and stop the harassment of peaceful agitators of self-rule such as Nnamdi Kanu and many others.