Ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial coming up on Friday over charges of treasonable felony, which carries a maximum life sentence, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement says it plans to establish more embassies in various countries in 2016. Kanu has been in detention since October 2015 following threats made via his underground media outlet Radio Biafra, which called for independence for Biafra, a region in southeast Nigeria that existed as an independent republic between 1967 and 1970.
A spokesperson for the Kanu family in a message to Newsweek said the embattled Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu says IPOB will establish more embassies in 2016. IPOB currently has an embassy in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Country in northern Spain, which was established in February 2015. IPOB’s head of directorate of state, Uchenna Asiegbu, is head of the Biafran embassy in Spain.
Asiegbu told Newsweek that countries like Sweden, Russia, Canada, the U.S. and Australia—are on the shortlist as potential destinations for the next embassy. According to him,“We are looking to two or three countries but we have not made up our minds. In some months to come, we will be making that decision.” Meanwhile Asiegbu said the Basque Country was chosen as the location for the first IPOB embassy because of its history as the site of a struggle for independence.