This is the reason why I take a personal exception to Nnamdi Kanu's activities and those of his Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) because they are taking advantage of the affinity that should have been used to foster common good, to foment trouble and disturb public peace. He pioneered Radio Biafra, and riding on that Igbo affinity, he gained listener-ship across Igbo land. But he had other intentions. Firstly, the radio station transmitted illegally, without license and on an unauthorized frequency, both of which are unlawful. Secondly he began to incite people through the medium, calling for arms supply so they can fight, fight who? Again this is very unlawful. Then law enforcement arrested and have continued to detained him without charge.
There are many discussions in the public space on this Nnamdi Kanu's issue as well as the IPOB / MASSOB protests in the East. My take is Government should charge Nnamdi Kanu. The protest started when they arrested him and held him in custody without charge. As far as I am concerned, this is a democracy and in a democracy, you are not allowed to hold someone for over 24 or is it 48 hours in custody without authorization from a competent court of law. Anyhow you look at it, you can't break the law to maintain the law. if someone is committing an offence, and Nnamdi has committed several, ranging from broadcasting radio signals through a frequency that he does not have authorization to use, broadcasting rogue (i.e. without license), inciting the public to cause public unrest and disturb public peace, refusing to desist after being warned by law enforcement, the offence can go on and on, with various consequence as per the books,the person should be arrested, yes, but in a democracy, he must not be held in detention beyond the stipulated time without appropriate warrant. Otherwise, it will constitute a human right violation.
Just thinking aloud, Our security operatives, do they learn anything at all from the result of their previous engagement with the public? Do they just suck up to which ever government is in power and act like "Zombies" in the words of the Fela? Or are they just saboteurs in the colours of obedient servants? Holding people without charging them will make the government look bad, no matter how much goodwill they had. See how extra judicial killings of even Boko Haram deteriorate the international stance of the Jonathan government, and yet never served as judgement to Nigerians? My candid opinion, extra Judicial killing is not justice, holding Nnamdi Kanu without charging him is not justice either, and it has the capacity to tarnish the human right image of this Buhari Administration. By holding him extra judicially, the security operative have shown they have learnt nothing from the past or have not shown that they have the best interest of the government at heart.
As for IPOB, news has it that government is holding discussions with them, In my opinion, holding discussions with the leadership of IPOB isn't bad, though it accords them some form of legitimacy that they would otherwise have not been granted. But as far as I am concerned, they should start the discussion by charging Nnamdi or getting legal warrant to hold him longer than necessary. Then dialogue with the people to go back to their business and allow Nnamdi Kanu have his day in court. Afterwards, the law enforcement have to start arresting people and then fining them at mobile courts for disturbing public peace.
Thirdly. they need to jam the radio station signals. it has to stop broadcasting, period. No one should have the unfettered access to spreading inciting message across an area and be allowed to function. if they want to run a radio station, then they can apply and officially abide by the rules of the state.
At the end of the day, we need to develop tact in dealing with this type of recalcitrance. Our human right record is important to us, especially at this time.