- President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB immediately
- Kanu and his co-defendant are facing treasonable felony charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja
- He has been in the custody of the Department of State Services for 15 months since his arrest on June 25, 2023
FCT, Abuja - Mike Ozekhome, the chief counsel to the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding the immediate release of his client.
In the letter dated Monday, October 3, Ozekhome premised his petition on the need to seek a political solution to the travails of the embattled IPOB leader.
The letter, which has in copy Abubakar Malami, the minister of justice, Ozekhome asked the president to direct the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate the release.
Ozekhome said the directive is necessary to restore normal businesses that have been paralysed in the southeast as a result of the sit-at-home order declared by the secessionist group.
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Vanguard newspaper quoted him as saying:
“The petition is to humbly urge you to order the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu through a more productive political solution.
“You can do this by instructing the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to wiled his powers under Section 174 of the 1999 Constitution to enter a nolle prosequi.
“This will immediately halt the present restlessness and sits-at-home mantra currently ravaging the southeast and paralysing business and normal life.
“Thank you, sir, as you attend to this lengthy petition promptly and right the current wrongs against Nnamdi Kanu by ordering his immediate and unconditional release.”
Meanwhile, Channels TV reports that Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court Umuahia, Abia state has reserved Thursday, October 27 for ruling on Kanu’s 8-point application over the alleged federal government’s attack on his country home and extraordinary rendition from Kenya.
Justice Anyadike on Tuesday, October 4 announced the new date for the ruling owing to the submission of counter-affidavits brought before her by Kanu’s counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, who is seeking justice for the extraordinary rendition and abuse; violation of human rights of Article 12 (4) of the Africa Union.
Census exercise can address Igbo marginalization, says Hope Uzodimma
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo state has called for grassroots sensitization on the need for southeast residents to participate in the 2023 population and housing census.
The Imo governor also assured the National Population Commission in the state of every necessary support they need to ensure that the exercise turns out well.
According to the governor, the census exercise is an opportunity for the southeast to address its perceived marginalization.
Hope Uzodimma to Ndi Igbo: We need to strengthen our negotiation skills in politics
Recall that Governor Uzodimma recently charged Ndi Igbo to strengthen their negotiation skills to play politics effectively at the national level.
Uzodimma made the comment at the public lecture tagged 'Igbos quest for Nigeria’s unity', in honour of Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu in Owerri.
The lecture was one of the events lined up to celebrated the 80th birthday of the elder statesman.