Northern youths under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), have warned the Nigerian government against releasing the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Forum warned the government to be ready to pay dearly for all the northerners killed in the South-East allegedly by members of IPOB, as they (AYCF) would demand compensation for those killed and their people whose goods and property worth billions of naira were destroyed in the region.

The Northern youths also threatened that if the government releases Kanu, they will use his case as a reference point for any crime committed in the future and the government should be ready to take full responsibility for such future outcomes.

Speaking with Daily Post, the National President of the Forum, Yerima Shettima, described Kanu as a monster who must be made to face the full wrath of the law, insisting that releasing him would show a sign of weakness on the part of the government and that it could be interpreted to mean that the government was afraid of Kanu and that security agencies were overwhelmed by one man.

Shettima said, “Release Nnamdi Kanu because the Nigerian Government is afraid of him? Release him because Nigerian security has been overwhelmed by these criminals going about killing people like Northerners who go to that region to conduct their legitimate business? No, it’s not done in any society; all they need to do is to buckle up and face the monster.

“The law must take its full course as they go around unleashing terror on innocent Nigerians, including their own people, the law must be allowed to take its full course. If nothing is found on Kanu, he should be released, but I know it won’t be easy because he has said it and has taken such responsibility. We can’t be blackmailed, we are not cowards, and Nigerians can’t be cowards by a few individuals.

“If the government or the court, in their magnanimity, decide to find safe ground, they should bear in mind that they will demand that the lives of Northerners killed in broad daylight by these criminals be compensated.

“We already have files and documentation of Northerners killed and properties destroyed because we will demand compensation from the government for the people we have lost, billions lost; the government must be ready to pay.

“The government should just be aware that we will definitely come out to demand compensation; we will now know that we are in Banana Republic, where there is no law and order. We will always use this Nnamdi Kanu’s case as a reference point for any crime committed in the future; the government should be ready to take responsibility.”



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