The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, according to the Igbo organization Ohanaeze Ndigbo, may be freed soon as discussions on a political settlement between the Federal government and Igbo leaders have progressed to an advanced level.
Kanu was extradited from Kenya to Nigeria in June to stand trial.
While Kanu has since been re-arraigned for his trial on charges ranging from terrorist activity to high treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms, and management of an unlawful society, his detention has caused a series of unrests in the South-Eastern region, with the IPOB calling for weekly “sits in their homes.”
Last week, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said that the Federal Government was open to a political solution for the release of Kanu and agitator for the liberation of the Yoruba people, Sunday Adeyemo (Sunday Igboho).
As of now, the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, the representatives of Igbo Archbishops and Bishops, members of the House of Representatives, governors, ministers, traditional rulers, and officials from the British High Commission in Nigeria are all part of a larger team meeting with relevant government agencies, according to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo movement.
This is despite warnings by IPOB leader Aloy Ejimakor’s legal counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, that no negotiations would take place on his behalf while he remains in jail, equating his predicament to that of the late Nelson Mandela.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in collaboration with the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, and the Most Rev. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko, issued the following statement: