Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

Arewa youths protest FG’s failure to arrest Kanu, issues threat

Arewa youths

Scores of members of Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA), on Wednesday staged a peaceful march in Abuja to protest the Federal Government’s failure to arrest leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu for allegedly breaching the conditions for his bail.

The group which threatened to shut down activities at the seat of power if Kanu is not arrested and taken back to custody said Kanu’s activities were potential threats to peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

It would be recalled that the group had earlier given the Federal Government an ultimatum to effect the arrest of Kanu over same reason.

The group said it took to the street on Wednesday because its ultimatum had expired about ten days ago.

The protesting Arewa group members gathered at the Unity Fountain in the Central Business District at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday and marched to the junction of the Presidential Villa.

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They warned the federal government that it risks their wrath if it delays in meeting the demand to take Mr. Kanu back into custody.

The group had in a statement on July 27 threatened to shut down federal government activities in Abuja if Acting President Yemi Osinbajo fails to order the arrest of Mr. Kanu who is on bail.

Mr. Kanu, who is championing a Biafran secessionist call, is being prosecuted for alleged treasonable offences.

Members of AYA said the IPOB leader has been violating his bail conditions and that his antics threaten peaceful coexistence of the people of Nigeria.

Mr. Kanu was granted bail by a Federal High Court in Abuja on April 28 on stringent conditions, some of which is to avoid speaking with the press or being in a crowd of more than 10 persons.

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The spokesperson of the protesters and the group, Mohammed Salihu, reiterated its threat to shut down government activities in Abuja if the acting president fails to act as it had demanded.

“I will be very brief. We organised this peaceful protest as a warning and reminder to federal government to arrest Nnamdi Kanu now.

“The Arewa Youth Assembly will not make a U-turn on its decisions. We intend to carry out our proposed plans and nothing can stop us.

“We will mobilize thousands of youth to shut down government activities in Abuja after our congress meeting next week Saturday,” he said.

A team of police officers monitored the group’s procession from a distance before the group dispersed shortly before noon.

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