Igbo Women Council calls for release of Nnamdi Kanu 'before election'

Igbo Women Council calls for release of Nnamdi Kanu 'before election'
Nnamdi Kanu (Right), & Igbo women (Left)

By Juliet Alozie | ENUGU

The Igbo Women Council, IWC, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to release the detained activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Bar.  Eunice Egwu, the national leader of IWC, described Kanu's imprisonment as illegal and against international laws.

The IWC expressed concern over reports of the deteriorating health of the IPOB leader, warning that any harm on him will cause a serious crisis that could lead to another civil war in Nigeria.

“The court acquitted and ordered the release of Nnamdi Kanu.  His continued detention in prison is therefore illegal and not permitted by any known law,” Bar Egwu said in Enugu on Wednesday.

"We now have a situation in the South East where criminal elements have taken the opportunity to cause crisis, maim and kill people all in the name of sit at home," she said.

The national leader of the IWC called on the Muhammadu Buhari administration to release the IPOB leader before the February general elections, saying it would allow for a secure environment for the elections.

Kanu was seized in Kenya and returned to Nigeria in 2021 in a process that human rights groups and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called illegal.

He faces charges for seeking a referendum on the independent state of "Biafra".