The leader of the separatist pro-Biafra group in Nigeria, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, made a scheduled visit to meet with the Ijaw Elders Council in Port-Harcourt the capital of the oil-rich Rivers State. . . .
Mr. Kanu was heralded with a thunderous welcome as he got to the venue of the meeting – by hundreds of admirers.
Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, who is also the Director of the ‘pirate’ Radio Biafra was released on bail following an order from the Federal High Court in Abuja. He had been in jail for two years for championing the secession of Biafra from Nigeria.
Though he was released on bail, however, the charges of criminal conspiracy and leading an illegal movement have not been lifted and the next hearing will hold in July.
Secessionist feeling, amongst some Nigerians of Igbo extraction, though not openly or greatly ingrained, is allegedly believed to be widespread, especially in the southeast of Nigeria. The pro-Biafra separatism may have heated up in the region (probably exaggerated by media hype) since the Biafra separatist rebellion pushed Nigeria into a civil war from 1967 to 1970 that killed an estimated 1 million people.
Many observers contend that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu may be violating his bail conditions. Suffice it to say that the next hearing on charges of criminal conspiracy and leading an illegal movement against him will hold in July, 2017 at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Watch the video below as Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is being hailed thunderously when he visited the Ijaw Elders Council in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state on Tuesday: