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Kanu: Boycott Kenya Airline, products made in Kenya – IPOB tells members

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Authorities of the Indigenous People of Biafra has asked its members to not to patronise products from Kenya or travel with Kenya Airways. 

Head of membership and mobilisation of the group in Australia, Kennedy Ochi, gave the instruction in a statement seen by NewsWireNGR on Sunday. 

The directive was following the allegation that Kenyan Government was involved in the arrest of IPOB’s leader,  Nnamdi Kanu in collaboration with the Nigerian government. But the Kenyan Government has rejected the claims. 

Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country. 

The former London estate agent disappeared in 2017 after being released on bail, only to re-emerge in Israel and then in the United Kingdom. 

He was re-arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, while the case was adjourned till July 26 and July 27. 

The statement read, “Our leader was arrested, repatriated back to a country he does not possess its passport. 

“It is our wish to notify the public that President Keyatta Uhuru of Kenya has a question to answer on the role he played in the abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He betrayed our leader and must be held fully accountable for his atrocities 

“This is pure man’s inhumanity to man and he will tell all Biafrans how much he was paid to partake in this devilish act. 

“We, IPOB in Australia, support the leadership of IPOB worldwide and our able Directorate of States (Chika Edoziem) and the head of our Media and Publicity (Emma Powerful) to categorically state that all IPOB members both home and abroad should boycott travelling with Kenya AirLine; stop patronising any product made in Kenya and all businesses dealing with Kenyans, following their country’s betrayal. The battle line is drawn. 

“Our question to the Nigeria government is will the abduction of our leader solve the continuous marginalisation of south easterners from the current political structure in Nigeria?” 

Nnamdi Kanu was first arrested in October 2015 on charges of criminal conspiracy and belonging to an illegal society. 

He was freed on bail on medical grounds in April of that year but has not been seen in Nigeria since an army raid on his house five months later. 

Kanu has not attended court dates since then but images of him in Israel surfaced on social media in October last year, he then left for the United Kingdom. 

In December 2020, Kanu announced the formation of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional security force. Kanu later gave all the governors of southeast Nigeria 14 days to ban open-grazing, threatening to deploy the ESN to enforce a ban if the authorities did not do so. 

The Nigerian army and air force renewed hostilities on February 18 by launching a military offensive against the ESN.

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