The World Igbo Congress (WIC) has urged the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to facilitate the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The group stated this while reacting to a judgement that ordered the release of Kanu and Justice Evelyn Anyadike’s Federal High Court judgment against the extraordinary rendition of Kanu on October 26, 2022, in Umuahia.
Anyadike also ordered that the IPOB leader be returned to Kenya; the country he was in before his arrest in 2021.
Reacting to the continued detention of Kanu despite the order of the court, the group released a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Chris Ogara; Basil Onwukwe, PRO; and Anthony Ejiofor, Chairman urging the Attorney General to toe the line of judicial integrity and set the agitator free.
The statement reads, “World Igbo Congress, on behalf of all Igbo in the Diaspora, extols the judgment delivered on Thursday, October 26, 2022, by the Federal High Court in Umuahia (presided over by Justice Evelyn Anyadike) against the extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu on October 26 2022.
World Igbo Congress sees this monumental judgment as the zenith of “judicial courage” even as the judicial somersault by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in appealing the freedom already granted to Nnamdi Kanu by the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in Abuja led by Justice Hanatu Sankeyas persists.
“By this judgment in the Federal Court Umuahia, we see that there is yet hope in the Nigerian Judiciary and we call on the Attorney General to redirect himself by toeing the line of judicial integrity, honour and rule of law to ensure that Nnamdi Kanu receives earned justice.
“Once again, and in keeping with our statement of October 18, 2022, World Igbo Congress calls on the AGF and the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu now.”