A source close to Nnamdi Kanu has informed us that if he is not released from custody there will be a “serious demonstration in Abuja this weekend.
A High Court in Abuja yesterday ordered the release of pro-Biafran activist Kanu from detention. Kanu, who leads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since his arrest in October for operating pirate Radio Biafra and belonging to an unlawful organisation.
In his ruling Justice Adeniyi Ademola said: “I set aside the orders of November 10, 2015 and order the release of the applicant [Kanu] on bail unconditionally” and there was no need to further detain Kanu because “there is no charge before any competent court of jurisdiction” against him.
The DSS had earlier withdrawn criminal charges against Kanu from the Abuja Chief Magistrates Court and were intending to charge him with terrorism related offences in the High Court.
But in Nigeria, judges’ rulings are frequently ignored by the authorities and Kanu has remained in detention despite Justice Ademola’s order.
Lagos, the commercial capital of the country, with the Alaba Market shutdown, was the scene of huge demonstrations on Wednesday demanding Kanu’s release and in favour of the southeast of Nigeria seceding from the rest of the country.