Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has asked the Federal Government to pardon detained members of the group and others of Igbo extraction.
The court had granted bail to Kanu but detained others who are on trial with him.
The IPOB leader had disappeared since soldiers allegedly invaded his residence in Abia State.
What Kanu’s lawyer said:
In a letter he wrote to Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Kanu’s lawyer said President Muhammadu Buhari had recently granted pardon to over 500 prison inmates detained on various violent offences in Kano Maximum Security Prison.
He added that such gesture should be extended towards “hundreds of innocent and defenseless IPOB members who are mostly youths” in South-East states and Kuje prison.
“While commending the Commander in Chief for such a patriotic act, we respectfully wish to implore the President to extend the same gestures to hundreds of innocent and defenseless members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), largely made up of Youths of Igbo extraction, held across the various prisons in the south East States and Kuje Prison in the Federal Capital Territory, on accounts of phantom charges, frivolous and cooked-up allegations, for merely exercising their constitutional guaranteed Rights to self determination including our Client who has been held in the custody of the SSS for over 14 months without trial.
“What is good for the goose is also good for the gander! If the President is a true Nationalist, he should do the needful in this regard, without further prompting. One sided justice will amount to injustice!”, Ejiofor stated in his letter.
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