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Family of Nnamdi Kanu criticizes south-east political leaders for inaction on release efforts

Detained IPOB Leader's Kin Lament Lack of Engagement with President Tinubu, Calls for Action

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The family of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has issued scathing criticism against political leaders in the South-East for their perceived failure to engage President Bola Tinubu in securing Kanu’s release.

Kanu, who has been in detention since June 29, 2021, saw his recent bail application declined by Justice Binta Nyako on Tuesday, prompting renewed scrutiny of the efforts to secure his freedom.

In a statement released on Thursday on behalf of the family, Kanu’s younger brother, Emmanuel, raised pointed questions regarding the conspicuous absence of discussions between Igbo political leaders and President Tinubu regarding Kanu’s plight, nearly a year since Tinubu assumed office.

Expressing dismay over the apparent indifference of political elites towards Kanu’s predicament, Emmanuel questioned whether there was a deliberate reluctance to address the issue. He highlighted the perceived contradiction of leaders gaining access to the President on other matters while neglecting Kanu’s plight, branding it as a “shame” and a failure to advocate for the freedom of the Igbo people.

Emmanuel further alleged that vested interests were benefiting from Kanu’s continued incarceration, fueling a lack of urgency among political elites to secure his release. He warned of forthcoming revelations regarding those profiting from Kanu’s detention and the insecurity in the Southeast region, vowing accountability for those complicit in prolonging his incarceration.

The statement also expressed disappointment over Justice Nyako’s refusal to grant Kanu bail, raising questions about whether the trial judge had thoroughly reviewed the Supreme Court judgment on the matter, which questioned the legality of revoking Kanu’s initial bail.

The Kanu family’s outspoken criticism underscores mounting frustrations over the handling of Kanu’s case and calls for greater accountability and action from political leaders in the South-East to advocate for his release.

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