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Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges Christmas release for Nnamdi Kanu amidst Supreme Court judgement anticipation

The apex socio-political group seeks freedom for the IPOB leader as a festive gift for the South-East

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the prominent socio-political group, is calling on the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a Christmas gesture for the South-East region. The Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, emphasized the significance of Kanu’s release for the people of the South-East during an interview on Sunday.

The plea from Ohanaeze Ndigbo precedes the looming December 15, 2023, Supreme Court judgment in the Federal Government’s case against Kanu. Okeke-Ogene, speaking on behalf of the group, expressed that anything short of Kanu’s release would shatter the hopes of the South-East populace this Christmas.

While dismissing claims of influential Igbo figures backing Kanu’s prolonged detention, Okeke-Ogene highlighted the court’s previous findings of Kanu’s innocence. He urged President Bola Tinubu to consider Kanu’s release as a Christmas gift, drawing parallels with the approaches employed by former Presidents Yar’Adua and Jonathan in addressing issues of militancy in the Niger Delta region.

The Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo underscored the potential for a peaceful resolution if Kanu is freed and criticized the Federal Government’s failure to collaborate with Finland in addressing the autopilot arm of IPOB, led by Simon Ekpa, accused of fueling insecurity in the region.

As the Supreme Court judgment approaches, IPOB, through its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, expressed concerns over the promotion of Justice Tsammani Haruna to the Supreme Court. Powerful alleged that Haruna’s promotion was a reward for his role in remanding Kanu in DSS detention without charges. IPOB hopes that this promotion does not influence the judgment panel on Kanu’s case.

In a statement, Powerful raised questions about the legality of a judge staying the execution order on a declaratory judgment of the Appeal Court and subsequently sitting on the Supreme Court to decide on the same case. The anticipation grows as the South-East region awaits the outcome of the December 15 Supreme Court judgment and the potential release of Nnamdi Kanu.

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