The governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo has called for the speedy trial of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu,
Kanu who was charged with treasonable felony, terrorism and other related offences, is being detained in Department Security of Service (DSS) custody after he fled Nigeria, rearrested and deported to face his trial last year.
Mr. Christian Aburimen, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Soludo, predicted that his release from detention could mark the end of violence and killings in some parts of South Eastern Nigeria.
This comes barely 24 hours after the Governor imposed curfew in Eight Local Government Areas of the State and announced the movement of shuttle buses and tricycles motorcycles popularly referred to as ‘Okada’ operations as part of measures to check the rising insecurity in the State.
Soludo’s spokesman made the prediction during a local Radio station interview on Thursday in Benin City, Edo State where he listed steps that the Government has taken to arrest the security challenges in the State.
Asked if the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu is the reason behind violence and killings by ‘unknown gunmen’ in some parts of South East, Aburimen said, “Nnnamdi Kanu had said that he is not in support of the attacks and killings in South East. He also said that the actions of those causing violence in South East does not reflect IPOB agitation.
Continuing, Aburimen said, “Nnamdi Kanu is in court. We are praying that the court should speed up his trial for him to be released on time so that there will be peace. That is what everybody is looking out for”.
According to the Chief Press Secretary, “IPOB issued a Press statement yesterday (Wednesday) where they denied been responsible for the killing of the pregnant woman and the Children”.
He condemned the recent murder of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Harira Jubril and her four Children by unidentified gunmen in Anambra State and the beheading of two persons including a member of the State State house of Assembly recently in the State.
The Governor’s aide assured that security agents are making efforts to hunt those causing violence and killings in Anambra to account for their sins and implored residents of the State to be law-abiding.
He added that some criminal suspects responsible for the violence and alleged killings in Anambra State had been arrested by security operatives.
Over a week ago, the Governor Charles Soludo visited IPOB leader leader in DSS custody in Abuja.
Soludo shared the photographs he took with the Kanu and a brief details of the discussion he had with him on social media after his visit.
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