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  • Updated: April 13, 2024

Lawmaker urges Tinubu to release Nnamdi Kanu

 Lawmaker urges Tinubu to release Nnamdi Kanu

A Nigerian lawmaker, Obinna Aguocha is calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

Aguocha, representing Abia State in the federal house, urged President Bola Tinubu to intervene amid Kanu's continued detention since his capture in June 2020 over terrorism charges. 

Despite a 2022 court order for his release due to health concerns, the government appealed to the Supreme Court, keeping him in Department of State Services custody.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, Aguocha, a Labour Party member, argued there's no reason for Kanu's continued detention "especially when others like Godwin Emefiele, Omoyele Sowore, and Sunday Igboho are free.”

He emphasized the importance of Tinubu's action.

“I hereby appeal to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, to use his esteemed office to ensure the unconditional and immediate release of citizen Nnamdi Kanu as a gesture of goodwill towards the peaceful development of the South East and the well-being of Ndi Igbo.

"Is there one set rule for other Nigerians from different zones and another for Igbo's within the South East zone? The four citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria accused by the government of various alleged offenses are Sowore, Igboho, Emefiele, and Kanu.

"Sawore and Igboho are free men because of the determination of the judiciary in protecting the rights of these citizens, and I must add, rightly so," Aguocha said.

“Emefiele by the determination of the judiciary, has been granted bail in the sum of N50m. It is his constitutional right,” asking, Is Nnamdi Kanu not a citizen? Does Nnamdi Kanu not have a concomitant constitutional right to be granted bail? Shouldn't Nnamdi Kanu at this point be released unconditionally?"

The lawmaker concluded by advocating for Kanu's release.

He highlighted the need for equal justice, asking, "Is there one set rule for other Nigerians from different zones and another for Igbos within the South East zone?”

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