IPOB demands FG to produce Kanu

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Last week, Ejiofor filed a suit at the court asking it to vacate its order proscribing the group.

The senators put main blame on the chairman of the South east caucus, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia) for standing surety for the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, a sources privy to the discussion told Daily Trust.

The court of law has been approached to order Army boss, Buratai to produce Nnmadi Kanu who is nowhere to be found since his house was invaded by troops.

The grounds for the relief, the application said include that the IPOB leader was, before he went missing, know to have lawfully exercised his constitutional right of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and self determination.

Section 40 of the Federal High Court Act empowers this court to order that a writ of Habeas Corpus ad Subjiciendum; (A Writ directed to someone detaining another person and commanding that the detainee be brought to court) be issued on the Respondent, to produce the applicant in court, particularly now that his substantive criminal trial is coming up on the 17th October, 2017. IPOB maintains that the group is non-violent.

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The IPOB members were among those arrested by security agents in Umuahia, Isiala Ngwa and other parts of the state capital during the clash between the Army and members of the separatist group.

Ever since then, Kanu has not been seen or heard from.

There have been fears that those who stood as sureties for his bail, one of them Senator Enyinnaya Abaaribe, risk jail terms in an event Kanu fails to appear when his case comes up in court next month.

According to him, Kanu has "crossed a line" with his agitation for Biafra and that he (Mohammed) suspects the IPOB leader could be hiding.

The Federal Government has in its Gazette published the proscription of the secessionist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and declared it a terrorist organization.