Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
A group Known as the Concerned Elders of the Old Eastern Region has called on the Federal Government to stop further criminal prosecution of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi kanu, and release him from detention because of his deteriorating health conditions.
The group in a statement made available to our correspondent on Tuesday appealed for an urgent intervention from the members of the public, domestic and international organization to join hands in prevailing on FG to free Kanu.
The statement jointly signed by chief Agonsi Ebere and Anekan Ekanem, stated that the IPOB leader who is currently detained in the facility of department of State Services, is battling with three life threatening health conditions, namely, serious heart condition, hypertension and low potassium levels which requires expert interventions.
The duo alleged that the complex interventions required by kanu, were not available at the facility where he is currently being detained.
It will be recalled that Kanu, who was arrested by Nigerian security agents in Nairobi Kenya and extradited to Nigeria on June 19, 2021, is currently facing trial on charges brought against him by the federal government.
The statement read in part, ” We are urging the federal government to promptly comply with the opinion of the United Nations, particularly as it pertains to the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi kanu from detention.
“The general public and international should interven with the government of Nigeria to promptly comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court of Nigeria by restoring Mazi Nnamdi kanu to his status quo before June 19, 2021 and otherwise making him whole as was ordered by the Court.
“That all matters relating to Kanu, by the letters and spirit of the UN opinion, the judgement of the Federal High Court, the judgement of the State High Court and the Judgement of the Court of Appeal.
“The federal government should cease and desist from further criminal prosecution of Kanu and constructively engage him in a dialogue aimed at seeking a structured political solution to the Biafran question”.