The South-East council of traditional rulers and representatives of Igbo archbishops and bishops on peace and conflict resolution has called for the “immediate release” of Nnamdi Kanu.
The council’s decision on Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The court of appeal in Abuja, on October 13, had struck out the terrorism charge filed against Kanu, adding that the IPOB leader’s extradition from Kenya to Nigeria to stand trial was illegal.
However, following the verdict, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), had said the federal government would explore “all available options” to determine the charge preferred against Kanu.
Speaking on Tuesday, the council said its decision on the immediate release of the IPOB leader is in line with the appeal court verdict.
“We welcome this judgement and assert that the wisdom of the Appellate Court presents a timely and 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,” the statement reads.
“We therefore unequivocally support the call for the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in line with the unanimous judgement 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.