Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is set to appear in court tomorrow (Thursday) for an emergency hearing that could result in his release on bail.
On Wednesday, SaharaReporters reported that the hearing could pave the way for Kanu’s release on bail.
The counsel for the Nigerian government in the matter confirmed this exclusively to SaharaReporters.
According to Nigerian government lawyers, the move is in response to Igbo leaders’ fervent calls for the release of the pro-Biafra agitator.
“Nnamdi Kanu scheduled for an emergency hearing tomorrow that could lead to his release on bail.
“This is in response to Igbo elders’ request for his release,” one of the sources said on Wednesday.
On Friday, November 19, President Muhammadu Buhari stated that he would consider the unconditional release of the IPOB leader, as sought by elder statesmen from the South-East.
Buhari, on the other hand, added that such a request was a difficult option to weigh but assured that he would think about it.
Buhari made the remarks while meeting with a group of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House in Abuja earlier this month.
Amaechi, a nonagenarian, had described the situation in the South-East as “painful and pathetic,” lamenting that businesses had failed, education had crumbled, and fear was all around.
He had pleaded for a political solution rather than a military one, claiming that if Kanu was released to him as the only First Republic Minister still alive, “he (Kanu) would no longer say the things he had been saying,” emphasizing that he could control him “not because I have anything to do with them (IPOB), but I am highly respected in Igbo land today.”
The IPOB leader is currently on trial for terrorism-related charges at the Federal High Court in Abuja.Kanu was unlawfully detained in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria in June.