Don’t Stand As Surety, Demand FG to Release Kanu – IPOB To Soludo
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, does not need anyone to stand surety for him before he is released.
In a statement on Monday, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesperson, said a court of competent jurisdiction has ordered the unconditional release of Kanu.
Powerful was reacting to a recent comment by Chukwuma Soludo, governor of Anambra state.
Soludo had urged on the federal government to release Kanu, pledging to stand as surety for the IPOB leader.
Powerful however said Soludo should instead devote his efforts toward “persuading and compelling” the federal government to obey the judgement of the court and release Kanu.
“It is important, therefore, to clarify that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has no any form of indictment or even charge pending against him today before any court by the authority of this judgement,” the statement reads.
“The issue of granting bail or otherwise does not arise by any stretch of consideration or imagination because it is the federal government that is today in breach of this order of a superior court of competent jurisdiction.
“There is no charge hanging on his (Kanu’s) neck today. We have gone beyond the issue of surety or no surety; every genuine call/demand in the prevailing circumstance should be firmly directed at calling out on the federal government of Nigeria to immediately obey the order for the unconditional release of Onyendu made by its court.
“May we also remind Governor Soludo and others that Onyendu’s current incarceration is not sanctioned by any law known to man, it is unconstitutional and an affront to constitutional democracy and rule of law?”
In October 2022, the court of appeal in Abuja struck out the terrorism charge filed against Kanu.
The appellate court held that Kanu’s extradition from Kenya to Nigeria to stand trial was illegal.
The federal government later filed an appeal before the supreme court challenging the judgement — and subsequently filed an amended charge before a federal high court.
The federal government also filed a to stay the execution in the appellate court and it was granted.
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