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General News of Saturday, 9 December 2023


Two South-East governors, senators working against Nnamdi Kanu’s release from detention - Ex-Ohanaeze chieftain

Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB

Aformer chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, has alleged that some Igbo leaders are working against the release of the incarcerated the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Among the leaders according to Isiguzoro are two governors, senators, and some other leaders whom he did not disclose their identity.

The allegation contained in a statement he issued on Friday.

According to the statement, those leaders preferred the transfer of Kanu from the solitary confinement in Department of State Services (DSS) to Kuje Prisons instead of being released.

For the leaders whose identities were yet not known, his release may jeopardized the 2024 Anambra governorship elections.

The statement reads: “Some political elites, including two Southeast governors, senators, and Igbo leaders, are working behind the scenes to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu is only transferred to Kuje Prison instead of being released outright, citing the upcoming Anambra gubernatorial elections.

“We call on President Tinubu to release Nnamdi Kanu by dropping all charges against him and allowing him to immediately return to the United Kingdom after his release.”

Isiguzoro, however, threatened to expose the identities of those individuals and groups he claimed are working against his release.

SaharaReporters had reported that the former President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government allegedly conspired with the Kenyan authorities to extraordinarily rendition Kanu to Nigeria in June, 2021.

Since then, the IPOB had been in solitary confinement at the DSS cell in Abuja, despite several court judgements that ordered his release unconditionally. Also, the United Nations human rights group on arbitrary detention had since described his abduction and detention illegal and ordered his unconstitutional release, reparation paid to him.

The federal government has refused to obey the orders. Few weeks ago, a High Court of Enugu State has declared the proscription of IPOB as a terrorist organisation President Muhammadu Buhari government as illegal and null and void.

It further described the arrest and prosecution of its members based on same proscription as illegal, insisting that self-determination agitation is legal in Nigeria.