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General News of Wednesday, 15 June 2022


Release Nnamdi Kanu to me – Amaechi begs

Mbazulike Amechi, the first Minister of Aviation during the First Republic in Nigeria has asked the Federal government to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to him as a gift on his 94th birthday.

This comes as the statesman plans to celebrate his birthday on Thursday, June 16. He was born on the same day in 1929.

According to Ameachi, releasing Kanu will cause the reduction of criminal activities perpetuated allegedly by members of the group.

“There is only one key to the solution to killings in Igbo land now, and that is the release of Nnamdi Kanu. If that young man is released, you will see all these criminals who spring up claiming to be agitating for the release of Nnamdi Kanu while their real intention is to rob innocent and unsuspecting people, will go into hiding because they will have nothing as a reason to come out,” Amechi told the press.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB which was formed in 2012 was re-arrested in Kenya in 2021 for his role in pressing for the secession of the Igboland which covers part of southeast Nigeria. The Nigerian authorities view IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

Meanwhile, the family of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra is planning to sue the United Kingdom, according to The Guardian UK.

The family said it reached the decision over the UK's silence on the alleged illegal extraordinary rendition of Kanu to Nigeria.

The family accused the UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Liz Truss, of ignoring “overwhelming evidence” that Mr Kanu was extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria by the Nigerian government.

Mr Kanu is also a British citizen.