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South-East lawmakers urge Tinubu to halt Nnamdi Kanu’s trial amidst bail rejection

Calls for Peace as Kanu Appeals for Transfer from DSS Custody in Dramatic Court Session

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In a dramatic turn of events, some members of the House of Representatives from the South-East region, led by Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere, have called upon President Bola Tinubu to intervene and halt the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu. This plea comes in the wake of the rejection of Kanu’s bail application by Justice Binta Nyako, a decision that the lawmakers see as a setback for peace and reconciliation efforts in the region.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Ugochinyere expressed deep regret over the court’s decision, emphasizing that granting bail to Kanu could have been a crucial step towards initiating dialogue and fostering peace in the South-East. He urged President Tinubu to invoke the relevant constitutional provisions to discontinue the trial, citing recent precedents where charges against other activists were dropped by the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, in a poignant plea during the court proceedings, Kanu himself urged to be transferred from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to Kuje prison, citing inadequate medical facilities and alleging a conspiracy to harm him in DSS custody. Despite his impassioned appeals, Justice Nyako expressed reservations about relocating him, citing security concerns and previous incidents of escaped terrorists from Kuje prison.

In an emotional exchange, Kanu vehemently distanced himself from the ongoing violence in the South-East, pledging that those responsible would face consequences and asserting that his release would bring an end to the unrest in the region.

As the legal battle continues, Kanu’s fate hangs in the balance, with his supporters calling for justice and peace to prevail amidst the escalating tensions in the South-East.

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