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Igbo Group Urges Federal Government to Release Kanu and Other Agitators



The Concerned Igbo Citizens Council has called on the Federal Government to immediately release all pro-Biafra activists and Nigerians detained for self-determination agitations, in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise of fostering a free society.

In a statement signed by its interim National Coordinator, Comrade Ukachukwu Obioha, and interim National Secretary, Mazi James Okorie, the group made this plea in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

Emphasizing the commendable release of other agitators like Sunday Igboho and Omoyele Sowore, CICC insisted that the same should apply to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and all other detainees involved in similar activities.

The group criticized the government for detaining Kanu and numerous Igbo youths associated with the Indigenous People of Biafra, while showing leniency to their Yoruba counterparts, which they believe portrays a biased approach by the authorities.

Furthermore, CICC urged relevant agencies like the Department of State Services, the Police, and the National Human Rights Commission to promptly investigate and document cases of individuals harmed, killed, or unlawfully imprisoned during self-determination movements nationwide.

The group called on President Tinubu to extend the amnesty granted to Sunday Igboho and Omoyele Sowore to other Yoruba youths supporting their cause, highlighting the injustice in detaining their followers while the leaders have been absolved of wrongdoing.

Demanding the immediate release of Mazi Kanu and all Eastern Nigerian youths associated with IPOB, CICC urged various authorities to compile and publish comprehensive lists of victims of self-determination agitations in the country.

CICC underscored its commitment to uniting Nigerians of all ethnic backgrounds in advocating for a free society and urged Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Igbo governors, and others championing Kanu’s release to also consider his supporters facing persecution in their advocacy efforts.