Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria, on Monday, October 18, urged the Federal Government to ensure the court appearance of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on Thursday.
According to Ohanaeze, Kanu’s appearance is necessary, to confirm that the pro-Biafra group leader is sound healthwise.
1st News had reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) in July failed to produce Kanu in the Federal High Court in Abuja for a continuation of his trial.
When his case was called up, the DSS lawyer, M. B. Abubakar, blamed Kanu’s absence in court on what he termed as “logistical problems”.
However, the Ohanaeze in a statement issued by its spokesman, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, stated that it wants a fair trial for Kanu.
While calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to “ensure that our son, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is produced in court on Thursday, October 21, 2021”, Ohanaeze said.
“This is necessary to prove to the global community that Nnamdi Kanu is not only hale and hearty but that shady judicial process is not contemplated while on trial”.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the last seven months spent over N816billion; in subsidising the cost of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) for Nigerians, a report has shown.
Despite this, within the period, the country lost another N182billion to product losses; which is about 22.3percent of the total cost spent on subsidy.
According to the industry’s report obtained from the Corporation’s website; the NNPC started recording what it described in its books as “value shortfall” from February.
As a result, the Corporation’s statutory remittance to FAAC had at a point, dwindled within the period.
A breakdown of the figures showed that within the period under review; the shortfall steadily rose from N25.3billion in January to N164.3billion recorded in May.
But in June, the total shortfall according to the document dropped to N143.3billion; and again rose by about N30billion, that is, N173billion in July.