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Nnamdi Kanu: I’ll end insecurity in south-east in two minutes if I’m released

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Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has distanced himself from the violence occurring in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.

 

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after the Federal High Court in Abuja denied him bail on terrorism charges, Kanu vowed that those perpetrating violence under the guise of being IPOB members would not go unpunished.

 

Kanu attributed the continued violence to his detention by the Department of State Services (DSS), stating that if he were released, peace would prevail in the South-East region.

 

He emphasized that anyone involved in criminal activities in the name of IPOB would face consequences, asserting that certain individuals in the government might be complicit in the insecurity and benefiting financially from it.

 

Expressing frustration with his detention conditions, Kanu’s lead counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, requested that Kanu be relocated from DSS custody to the Kuje Correctional Center in Abuja, citing violations of his fundamental rights.

 

However, Justice Binta Nyako declined the request, stating that similar requests had been rejected before and advised Kanu to appeal the decision rather than reapplying.

 

In response, Kanu requested house arrest in any part of Abuja, citing health concerns and dissatisfaction with his treatment in DSS custody. Justice Nyako reiterated that Kanu would remain secure in DSS custody and advised him to formally address any grievances.

 

The court rejected Kanu’s fresh bail request and declined to grant unfettered access to visitors, including his lawyers, citing security concerns. The trial of the IPOB leader was adjourned until April 17.

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