South-east leaders, bishops demand Nnamdi Kanu’s ‘immediate’ release


The south-east council of traditional rulers and representatives of Igbo archbishops and bishops on peace and conflict resolution has demanded the “immediate release” of Nnamdi Kanu.

The Chairman of the traditional rulers’ council, Nnaemeka Achebe, who is the Obi of Onitsha, disclosed this in a statement in which he jointly issued on Tuesday with a representative of the bishops, Chibuzo Opoko.

Lawrence Agubuzu and Valerian Okeke, other representatives from the council and the bishops respectively, also signed the statement.

The groups stressed they have consistently “undertaken extensive and behind-the-scenes consultations” for peace in the South-east and resolution of insecurity in the region based on “justice, equity, fairness, love, mutual understanding and respect” of all persons.

“In furtherance of this, we have also supported the call for the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government to douse the current tension across

The council added that its decision on the immediate release of the IPOB leader is in line with the appeal court verdict.

On October 13, the court of appeal in Abuja had struck out the terrorism charge filed against Kanu, adding that the IPOB leader’s extradition from Kenya to Nigeria to stand trial was illegal.

However, following the verdict, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had said the federal government would explore “all available options” to determine the charge preferred against Kanu.

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