I Will Not Testify Against Nnamdi Kanu–MASSOB Leader,Uwazuruike

By Ikenga Chronicles January 11, 2017

The founder of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra(MASSOB) Ralph Uwazuruike on Tuesday, January 10 stated that he has no plans of testifying against the  Director Of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

He described Nnamdi Kanu, as a man he rehabilitated in London and as ‘’a nobody.’’

In a statement made available to journalists in Owerri, the MASSOB leader denied that he is one of the witnesses lined up by the Federal Government to testify against Kanu.

This came against the backdrop of a statement by IPOB signed by its Media and Publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, alleging that Uwazuruike and “some unscrupulous elements in Biafraland are working with the Nigerian government and the DSS to hide under the screen to testify against Nnamdi Kanu.”

While debunking the allegation, Uwazuruike said:  “Kanu was homeless when I met him in London; I gave him the first money to rent an apartment after he was thrown out by the Ghanaian woman he was living with.”

“The struggle continues to be alive as long as I agree. Even if Nnamdi Kanu dies today, the struggle continues. I cannot travel to Abuja to give evidence against Kanu masked, if I want to do that, I will testify against him in an open Court but I can’t do that, what do I stand to gain?”

He added: “the modern Biafra is my product, I started it in 1999 and since that time, I have been on with the struggle. Our late leader, Odimegwu Ojukwu gave me the franchise and I am the leader of the Biafran struggle today any other person involved in the struggle is working on my behalf”.

He added: “When I founded MASSOB in 1999 and started the struggle for Biafra, no Igbo man could summon the courage to mention Biafra, it was then considered as a taboo. Our people were cowards and could not mention Biafra until I started.”

”When I started, nobody gave me a chance. I went through the hurdles alone. So, Nnamdi Kanu is not the first Igbo to be tried for treason, I also stood before the same Judge handling his case for the same charge of treason, so he should face his trial like a freedom fighter and if need be die for the cause”.

Meanwhile The Federal High Court in Abuja has begun the trial of Nnamdi Kanu and three others. The witnesses were shielded from the public in the courtroom.

Justice Binta Nyako had on December 13, 2016, ruled that the identity of witnesses in the matter would be protected but at yesterday’s sitting, the judge and parties were all shielded from public view.

The defence team, however, insisted that each of the defendants was entitled to have four relatives in court during proceedings.

Counsel to Kanu,  Ifeanyi Ejiofor, also informed the court of another application challenging the competence of the charge against the defendants.

Ejiofor told the court that the proof of evidence did not support the charges against his client to warrant his continuous detention.

“The charge does not warrant his detention because there is no case against him” he said.

Ejiofor also told the court that the Department of State Services(DSS)were frustrating the efforts of counsel in gaining access to the defendants. He also alleged that relatives of the defendants were being continuously harassed and arrested each time they visited them in prison.

“They [DSS] are clamping down on the innocent citizens. If anything should happen to me or my family, the DSS should be held responsible” Ejiofor said.

Nyako cautioned operatives of the DSS against sensationalising the case, saying that there was nothing special about the four defendants.

According to her, “this is a simple criminal case so I do not understand all the “gra-gra” around it which I see from my CCT camera.”

She also said the defendants should be unhand-cuffed as soon as they arrived the court premises as the defence team had complained that they were brought into court in handcuffs.

“State operatives should treat the case like any other case. You cannot break the constitution and still expect to be guided by the constitution” Nyako said.

She asked the defence team to file a formal complaint of all the allegations they made and serve the court.

Nyako adjourned the matter till Jan. 12 to hear the application challenging the competence of the charge as well as that seeking to quash the case.

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