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Ohanaeze tasks Buhari on Kanu’s trial

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu), Uzoma Nzeagwu, Osiberoha Osibe (Awka) and Ameh Ochojila (Abuja)
19 October 2021   |   3:02 am
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was produced in court on Thursday, October 21, to continue his trial.

Ozigbo, Nwankpo seek IPOB leader’s release
• Ifeanyi Ubah seeks access to Kanu in DSS detention

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was produced in court on Thursday, October 21, to continue his trial.

According to the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, this is necessary to prove to the global community that Kanu is not only hale and hearty but that shady judicial process is not contemplated on him.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze re-affirmed its stand “on a firm wicket to proclaim that the agitation and youth restiveness in the South East of Nigeria are simply a reaction or an effect or the consequences of an orchestrated alienation by the Federal Government over the years.”

The statement urged the leader of Ohanaeze delegation to Kanu’s trial, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and the legal team led by the National Legal Adviser of Ohanaeze, Joseph Ojodu, and Goddy Uwazurike to put in their best to get justice for Kanu.

RELATEDLY, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6, 2021 election, Valentine Ozigbo and his counterpart in the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Akachukwu Nwankpo, have urged the release of Kanu from detention.

They said that agitation for self-determination would not abate unless the Federal Government deemed it fit to iron out the grievances that gave rise to agitation.

Ozigbo, who also counselled agitators to seek other ways of addressing their demands on self-determination, insisted that Kanu should be released and that non-violent and diplomatic means of addressing the call for self-determination should be adopted.

“Indeed, Kanu should actually be released while we go back to the root of the agitation.

“We can’t be addressing a problem from the symptoms. An efficient way to address any crisis is to deal with the root,” he said.

IN another development, Senator Ifeanyi Uba, representing Anambra South Senatorial District, has applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order allowing him access to Kanu who is being detained in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS)

Uba, a candidate of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, wants the court to grant him leave to visit Kanu in SSS custody as part of his oversight legislative function.

In the motion on notice, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2021, Ubah also wants an order directing the DSS to allow him access to its detention facility for purposes of visiting the defendant, Nnamdi Kanu.

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