Soludo, Utomi other Igbo leaders visit Nnamdi Kanu in prison; demand release, probe of killing of Biafra activists

Posted by News Express | 28 February 2017 | 1,897 times

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•Detained IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu.


A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Chukwuma Soludo on Tuesday paid a visit to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nandi Kanu in prison.

Soludo visited the Biafra leader in prison alongside renowned economist Pat Utomi, Secretary General of Lower Niger Congress Tony Nnadi, National Secretary, Alliance Democracy Udenta Udenta and Chairman South-East, South-South professionals Emeka Ugwuoju.

Others are Collins Ugwu, Law Mefor and Ferdinand Agu.

Addressing journalists after the visit made under the umbrella of Nzuko Umunna, Soludo and Utomi described the continued detention of Kanu as unacceptable and an abuse of Kanu’s right to “legitimate agitation”.

They also condemned the alleged killing of IPOB members in the SOUTH-East and urged states where the alleged killings took place to set up a panel of inquiry in their various states.

The call for Kanu’s release followed a series of protests, including that of members of the IPOB in South-East Nigeria.

The pro-Biafra leader was arrested in Lagos on October 14, 2015 and has been held in prison since then, despite various court orders that ruled for his release.

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja had declined to release the detainee on bail in his ruling in January 2016.

The court also denied bail to two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with Kanu.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had also called for his release, based on the court rulings which granted him bail on three occasions.

The National Chairman of APGA, Mr Victor Oye, asked the government to obey the rule of law in the prosecution of the case. (TV360 Nigeria/Channels TV)

Source: News Express

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