The plea made by the governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, to the government of Nigeria to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who is currently incarcerated, to him (Soludo) under surety can be welcomed and interpreted as a call made out of love for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
However, this request cannot be granted because it violates the court’s order that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu be released without condition. The UN working group on arbitrary arrests also issued a similar order, stating that Nnamdi Kanu must receive full compensation for the violation of his human rights.
Even though Soludo’s plea appears to have been made out of love, it’s possible that it was meant to prevent Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from being unconditionally released. The leaders of Nigeria’s Old Eastern Region (Biafraland) are skilled at it; always making it possible for the Nigerian government’s evil plans to succeed.
A person who has been cleared by the court of all of the crimes that were brought against him does not require a surety or bail. He requires an unrestricted release.
The UN working group’s six-month deadline for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s unconditional release has already passed, so the Nigerian government has no choice but to continue torturing him in the DSS dungeon.
It is puzzling why Nigeria’s Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, will suddenly be interested in a court process, asking Soludo to go through the court for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be released to him (Soludo) under surety, when the same Attorney General Malami has refused to obey the appeal court order for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be freed unconditionally since October 13th, 2022. This is the only explanation that can be given because it
We also wish to add our voice in calling for additional international bodies to help stop this tyrannical rule of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigeria Government and call for the freedom of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu while the world waits to see what actionable steps the UN working group is ready to take to ensure that her orders for the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu are implemented.
Chizobam E. Olise edited Anioke Chukwunonso’s manuscript for Family Writers Press International.