The Igbo Peace Forum (IPF) has urged the Federal Government to press charges of mass murder against the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The group made the call on Sunday in Abuja in a solidarity rally to register its support for President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for their achievements in recent security operations in the country.
The group’s national coordinator, Mr. Emeka Okpara, said Igbo citizens were concerned that certain people had taken up arms against the constituted authority, resulting in the loss of life and property of several innocent citizens.
“It should be remembered that the leader of the outlaw IPOB, Kanu, who was being tried on various charges, including treason, skipped bail but was recently arrested again.
“We all remember how an individual could order attacks against government formations from abroad, killing hundreds of innocent people. IPOB killed hundreds of people in the southeast region.
“The only way the government can comfort Nigerians is to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Now, with the arrest of Kanu, the corresponding charges of mass murder must be brought immediately. It is the prosecution of these alleged criminals that would give credence to our sovereignty and restore the confidence of the masses, ” Okpara said.
According to him, IPOB activities were giving innocent Igbos a bad name and endangering their livelihoods in other parts of the nation.
Okpara said the State Security Service Department, with these successes, lived up to its constitutional role in defending the nation and urged that all those arrested be brought to justice.