It’s An Insult Begging FG To Release Me – Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), says it is an insult to beg the federal government for his release from detention.
Kanu said a court of appeals’ verdict delivered on October 13, 2022, cleared him of all charges filed by the federal government.
In a statement issued by Kanu’s attorney, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the IPOB leader requested that his attorneys inform his supporters of the ruling in the court appeal.
“There is no charge pending against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before any court as of today,” the statement reads.
“The request was treated with the greatest disdain by the federal government, and was also not honoured.
“Thus, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is of the firm view that he does not need to beg the Federal Government of Nigeria to release him.
He said begging the federal government to release him would be an insult to the memory of the late Pa Mbazulike Amaechi, whose dying request to the Federal Government to have him freed was ignored.
“The Court of Appeal has already made a pronouncement in that regard, and that pronouncement has remained sacrosanct till date.”
The lead counsel to IPOB, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, disclosed this to newsmen in Owerri after they visited the detained leader at the detention facility of the State Security Services, SSS, in Abuja.
According to IPOB’s lawyer, “We visited our indefatigable client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on the 28th day of August 2023, to brief him on the various intervening actions taken by the legal team ably led by Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, to address pertinent concerns affecting his welfare and the failure of the SSS to avail him of his medical records.
“To this end, an application has been made to the Honourable Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory by our erudite Lead Counsel, Prof. Mike Ozekhome SAN, to appoint a Magistrate that will visit and inspect the SSS facility or cell where Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been held in solitary confinement since June 2021 till date, in pursuance to the relevant provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
“Following the SSS’ refusal to avail Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with his medical records, as directed by Hon. Justice Binta Nyako, in the judgement delivered on the 20th day of July 2023, our erudite Lead Counsel, Prof. Mike Ozekhome, SAN, was compelled by this brazen disregard to an order of Court by the SSS, to initiate a contempt proceeding against the State Security Service (SSS) and her Director General, for this gross violation of positive Orders of Court.
“Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu used the opportunity offered by the visit to extend his heartfelt gratitude to all people of good conscience and groups calling for his release. He, however, observed that many people may not have understood the peculiarity of his case, but proceeded to urge us to clarify that he has been effectively and validly discharged by the judgement of the Court of Appeal, delivered on the 13th day of October 2022, which said judgement also prohibited his further trial and detention. Therefore, there is no charge pending against Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu before any Court as of today.”
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