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General News of Tuesday, 14 February 2023


Nnamdi Kanu: Soludo reveals booking appointment with Buhari to secure release

Charles Soludo and Nnamdi Kanu Charles Soludo and Nnamdi Kanu

Anambra Governor Chukwuma Soludo has reiterated his commitment to ensuring immediate release of the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Soludo disclosed this on Monday in a quarterly statewide briefing, meant to intimate Anambra people of his activities in government.

He said he had booked a session with President Muhammadu Buhari, and was waiting for appointment, where he hoped to discuss issues of security in the South East, particularly Kanu’s release.

The Governor had during flag off of his party’s All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) campaigns in Awka, called for Kanu’s release, pledging to stand as surety for Kanu, if federal government found it hard to release him unconditionally.

In reply to Soludo’s request, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had said that Soludo only made a statement but has not applied to the court, or to his office about Kanu’s release.

But speaking during the quarterly briefing, Soludo said he hope to meet President Buhari, and also speak with him on the imperative of releasing Kanu.

He said Kanu’s release would assist him (Kanu) to intervene in areas where some groups use secessionist agitation as a means to perpetuate criminality.

He said: “On the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, his release does not mean that insecurity will be completely eliminated. The call is in the best interest of the South East as a whole.

“He (Kanu) was saddened by the level of crime associated with the agitation when I visited him in prison. He called it an abomination.

“Everyone has now become freedom fighter, using it as an avenue to commit crime. The truth is that if he is released, he will be able to distinguish between genuine freedom fighters and criminals.

“What is still holding him back is a political issue. I am awaiting confirmation of appointment with the President to hand him the letter officially.”