The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu, has called on the Federal Government to release Mr. Emmanuel Bassey with immediate effect or face legal action from the World Criminal Court.
Kanu on Tuesday alleged that its media Head, Emmanuel Bassey Ekomiba in Akwa Ibom and his colleague, Victor Sunday Okoro have been arrested and detained in an unknown prison cell.
Naija News had earlier reported that the IPOB in a statement said the duo was arrested in Akwa Ibom during ‘evangelism’ on September 30, 2020. It, therefore, demanded their immediate and unconditional release.
In the statement which was signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the pro-Biafra group said there was no justification for their arrests, as they were not terrorists or committed any crime.
The IPOB also demanded in the statement, the unconditional release of all Biafra agitators picked by security agents during the recent sit-at-home order.
The statement partly reads: “We want to put the world on notice of the abduction of Mazi Emmanuel Bassey Ekomiba, the media Head of IPOB in Akwa Ibom; and his colleague, Mazi Victor Sunday Okoro, who was abducted in Akwa Ibom during the evangelism on 30th of September 2020.
“We demand their immediate release because they are not terrorists nor did they commit anything to warrant any arrest.
“We equally demand the unconditional release of all Biafra agitators picked by security agents. We want the Army that besieged the home of our leader at Isiama Afaraukwu on October 1 to stop harassing residents of the area because they are not terrorists.
“Buratai should send his soldiers to Sambisa forest, Baga in Borno state and other Northern communities taken over by terrorists.
“IPOB is a peaceful movement committed to the peaceful restoration of Biafra. Biafra is a divine project designed by the Most High God in Heaven, and there is nothing anybody can do to change our resolve to actualise Biafra’s independence.”
And by the grace of God we will overcome all obstacle on the way to our promised land, he said.