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Improving regional security: South-east governors to meet Tinubu over Nnamdi Kanu

* Kanu is facing terrorism charges at the Federal High Court, Abuja
Wednesday Jul 03, 2024 16:06 pm



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Kanu has been in detention since he was controversially rearrested in June 2021 and repatriated to Nigeria from Kenya under controversial circumstances. Worried by insecurity in South-east Nigeria, the South-east Governors Forum will meet President Bola Tinubu to seek the release of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

This development is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum’s closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu, on Tuesday. The Forum comprises Governors Hope Uzodinma (Imo), Alex Otti (Abia), Chukwuma Soludo (Anambra), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi) and Peter Mbah (Enugu). Chairman of the Forum, Uzodinma, who announced the resolution, noted that the delegation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Emeka Anyaoku, and the Obi of Onitsha, Nnaemeka Achebe, paid a solidarity visit to the forum.

Uzodinma stated that about the security and economic summit held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on September 28, 2023, the forum had “agreed to implement the aspects of the report pertaining to security and economic integration and affirmed its desire to put actionable plans on the key issues agreed.”

"The forum resolved to visit Mr. President to discuss pressing issues concerning the south-east region.” Recall that the IPOB leader has been on trial since 2015 when he was first arrested over his secessionist push. He fled the country in 2017 after being granted bail over his security concerns after security forces invaded his home.

However, Kanu was rearrested in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria in 2021 in circumstances described as extraordinary rendition by his lawyers. Since the arrest, he’s been in detention in the Department of State Services (DSS) facility in Abuja.


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