THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, warned Monday against any attempt to try its detained leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu under Sharia law, insisting that doing so amounted to continuing what it described as the ongoing crime against pro-Biafra groups in Nigeria.
Leader of IPOB, Kanu Nnamidi with his members at Federal High Court Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a statement in Awka, likened what the pro-Biafra groups were going through, to what the people of Biafra went through during the 1967 -1970 civil war that claimed the lives of many people, mainly Christians. Describing the alleged move to try Kanu and others under Sharia law, Powerful observed that, even in the predominantly Moslem part of Northern Nigeria, nobody had been tried secretly under Sharia law since the creation of Nigeria by the British merchants in 1914 and wondered why Nnamdi Kanu and other Christians in the southern part of Nigeria should be exposed to such trial. He wondered why the United Nations and other world leaders had decided to keep quiet over the matter concerning the IPOB leader, despite the fact that the United Nations had in its charter a provision for the right of the indigenous people to have their self determination.