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Victor Umeh calls for FG to release of Kanu, court of appeal decision 

Former APGA member calls for the release of Nnamdi Kanu as it is a violation of his right to be held after court of appeal has discharged him



Victor Umeh

Precious Yusuf 

The former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), and also senatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for Anambra Central for the 2023 election, Chief Victor Umeh has called on the federal government to release the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu since the Court of Appeal had freed him.

After the Court of Appeal sat in Abuja on Friday,October 14th, had discharged Kanu, but the attorney general of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami made it known that the judgement of the court did not quash the other charges levied against him before he left Nigeria in 2017.

Due to this decision, Kanu is still being detained by the federal government.

While speaking with reporters in Awka, Umeh said the continued detention of the IPOB leader amounted to a violation of the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

“In  a sense the federal government has been given a golden opportunity to bring to an end the problem between IPOB and the federal government of Nigeria.

“When Nnamdi Kanu was brought home from Kenya last year, I was one of those who asked that the matter be given fair judicial adjudication. Along the line, through a suit instituted by Kanu, a court in Umuahia, Abia State quashed the charges against him and ordered that he should be released unconditionally

“At that time, I suggested that the government should use a political solution to resolve the matter and end the security tension, but they did not heed the advice.

“Now that the Court of Appeal has dismissed the charges against him, it is only right for the government to let him go because I don’t think the federal government has any further reason to continue to keep him.

“Someone who is looking for peace should know when God has given him an opening to embrace peace. This judgement by the Court of Appeal is sufficient to end all charges against Nnamdi Kanu and allow him to go. It will also help to solve the security problem in the South East.

“Every Monday there is a sit at home in the South East, but if they release him now, that will disappear and we will have five working days in a week like others.

“The federal government has nothing to gain by continuing to detain Nnamdi Kanu. If you noticed, tension has already dropped following the court judgment and releasing him will not lead to any challenge any more. It is for the government to rely on this judgement to release him.

“I also remember that Igbo leaders went to solicit for the unconditional release and Prof Ben Nwabueze even went on a wheel chair with Chief Mbazulike Amaechi to ask for Kanu’s release and President Buhari said he did not want to interfere in judicial processes.

“But now that the Court of Appeal has set him free, I believe that this is a golden opportunity for Mr president to rely on this judgement to release Kanu.

“I believe that if this is done, the country will be better for it, instead of trying to increase the tension by keeping him. If they obey the judgement, everyone will be happy.”

“The recent judgement setting Kanu free was a window for the federal government to embrace peace,” he concluded. 

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