The Southeast Council of Traditional Rulers and representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops on peace and conflict resolution, have asked the federal government to release the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu immediately.
The Council’s decision, which was contained in a statement issued today, October 18, said that the call for the immediate release of the IPOB leader is in line with a recent Appeal Court verdict.
Part of the statement reads: “We welcome this judgment and assert that the wisdom of the Appellate Court presents a timely and an unprecedented opportunity to overcome the challenge of trust that has obstructed the path to peace; and opens the window to winning the hearts and minds of the people.
“We therefore unequivocally support the call for the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in line with the unanimous judgment of the Court, that his extradition and subsequent trial was illegal, and the lower court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.”
The statement was signed by Nnaemeka Achebe, chairman, Anambra state traditional rulers council; Chibuzo Opoko, Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia; L.O.C. Agubuzu, chairman of the Enugu state traditional rulers council; and Valerian Okeke, Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha.