Mr Chika Edoziem has emerged the acting leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Adadainfo learnt Monday.
Comrade Emma Powerful, the spokesman of the IPOB, stated the appointment in a release.
Nnamdi Kanu is facing trial over alleged running of a proscribed group, jumping bail and treason. He was arrested in Kenya last August. He is currently being detained at the headquarters of the Department of the State Services in Abuja.
Emma Powerful’s message read in part, “We, the global movement and noble family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to reiterate once again to Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom across the globe that IPOB led by Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu has not set up any Government In Exile (GIE).
“We, therefore, dissociate ourselves completely from the purported government in exile.
“IPOB has legitimate and well-established Institutions and a well-structured administrative hierarchy that oversees the day-to-day running of Biafra affairs.
“Already, all diplomatic missions and countries of the world know about the Biafra agitation and they communicate with IPOB as the responsible authority that oversees the affairs of the Biafran people, be it nationally or internationally.”
The development followed a declaration by one Simon Ekpa that he is heading the government of Biafra is exile.
Powerful debunked his claims. Quoting him, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Directorate of State of the Indigenous People of Biafra (DOS) headed by Mazi Chika Edoziem, is at the helm of affairs of the Biafra movement. Whenever our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, comes out, he hands over the IPOB structure back to him.
“The DOS gives letters to our people for asylum, and every government in the world accepts them and grants asylum to such asylum seekers, and they communicate with IPOB. There is no other government more than that.”