Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
The family of the detained Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has threatened to name politicians who pretend to be seeking his release in public but actually support his continued incarceration in secret.
“Such attitude is nothing but the height of hypocrisy and sabotage,” the family said.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, who spoke for the family, said that they had information about some unpatriotic politicians and the elite who pretend to be supporting his release in public but in their secret meetings give nod to his continued detention.
He threatened that the family would be forced to expose such elements if they fail to turn a new leaf.
“We know all of them who shout release Nnamdi Kanu in public but in the secret and their private meetings, they say: hold him.
“We have their information because we are being briefed everyday. They should know that we know them, and will name them.
“We want to alert the whole world that we have information about such politicians and they should be held accountable for whatever happens to our son.”
Kanu’s continued detention is believed to be fueling the disturbing insecurity in the South-East, hence the growing clamour for his unconditional release.
He has remained in solitary confinement at the Abuja headquarters of the Department for State Services, DSS, since June 2021 following his extraordinary rendition from Kenya.
Despite growing appeals, court orders and even the United Nations Opinion on Human Rights for his unconditional release, the Federal Government has refused to free him.
Hope was high that he would be freed by the Supreme Court on December 15, 2023, but the apex court refused to affirm earlier court judgments ordering his immediate release.
Kanu’s health is said to be deteriorating but the Federal Government has refused to heed appeals for possible political solution to the circumstances surrounding his arrest.