There are plans by the South East caucus in the National Assembly to help secure the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). To achieve this, the lawmakers have set up a committee to work out modalities of releasing Nnamdi Kanu from detention.
This was made known in a statement issued at the end of a closed-door meeting of the caucus on Wednesday. The meeting took place at the residence of the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, where the lawmakers made the decision to intervene in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case.
Leader of the caucus, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, told journalists that they had resolved to set up a committee that will interface with the federal government and its relevant agencies to find a political solution in exchange for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s freedom.
According to the words of Senator Ike Ekweremadu; “To this end we resolved to set up a committee to constructively interface with relevant stakeholders, the federal government of Nigeria and its relevant agencies towards finding a political solution. We will keep Ndigbo abreast of developments in that regard.
“We appeal to our people not to allow anyone to destroy the South East region. The post-war South East was not built through government patronage, but largely by the sheer determination and sacrifices of our people, who refused to resign to fate or bow their heads in defeat,” Senator Ike Ekweremadu stated.
The group expressed solidarity with residents in the South East over alleged marginalization within Nigeria and also resolved to seek better ways to guarantee that Igbos thrive and actualize their potential in any part of Nigeria.
They, however, condemned the destruction of lives and livelihoods as well as the disruption of the ongoing West African Senior Schools Examinations in some schools in the South East region under the guise of enforcing a sit-at-home order by IPOB.
Reviewing the sit-at-home order by IPOB, the lawmakers decried the economic losses and hardship the directive has caused the people. They worried that some criminal elements have taken advantage of the situation to unleash mayhem on the people.
They also welcomed the decision by IPOB to call off its Monday sit-at-home order and appealed to residents to eschew violence and join hands with other patriotic citizens in the search for a federal system that guarantees for them a glorious future.
Present at the meeting were the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Uche Ekwenife, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Chukwuka Utazi and Senator Theodore Orji, the Deputy Minority leader.
Others are, Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Tobi Okechukwu, House of Representatives spokesman, Benjamin Kalu, Deputy Chief Whip, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Obinna Chidioka, Chinedu Ogar and Igariwe Iduma.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was rearrested in June 2021 by Interpol and handed over to Nigerian authorities after jumping bail in 2017 and fleeing abroad. His home in Umuahia, Abia in the south eastern part of Nigeria had earlier been raided by Nigerian soldiers who had sought to arrest him again and in the process he lost his both parents and some dedicated IPOB members. Out of fear he flew to UK and remains there in self exile until he was re-arrested three months ago in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria.
While in detention by the DSS, he has been subjected to torture and inhuman treatment. He was arraigned before a federal high in Abuja and after which his case was adjourned till 21st October 2021 for further hearing.
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