Support for Release of Detained IPOB Leader

Elders Seek Divine Intervention and International Support for Release of Detained IPOB Leader


In a bid to secure the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, elders from the Old Eastern Region have embarked on a spiritual journey while seeking international intervention. The elders made a significant move by storming Kanu’s ancestral home in Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia, Abia State, on Tuesday, to seek divine assistance.

Representing the nine states that comprised the defunct Eastern Region, the elders immersed themselves in intense prayers within the premises of Kanu’s residence. According to reports, they gathered around the graveside of his late parents, HRH Eze Israel and Ugoeze Kanu, invoking spiritual guidance and support.

Kanu, who was arrested and extradited from Kenya in June 2021, has remained in detention at the Department of State Services (DSS) headquarters in Abuja. Despite challenges from his family and legal representatives against his arrest and continued detention, the federal government has been unyielding in granting his release.

Following the prayers, Bishop Dr Yek Honeys Kings addressed the media, delivering a message prepared in advance. He appealed to the international community to exert pressure on the Nigerian government, urging them to release Kanu as an act of honoring the United Nations Opinion and various court judgments that have called for his unconditional release.

The jointly signed statement, bearing the signatures of Chief Agonsi Ebere and Aniekan Ekanem on behalf of the Elders, expressed grave concern over Kanu’s deteriorating health condition. The document emphasized the urgent need for intervention, highlighting Kanu’s grave illness, which includes three life-threatening heart conditions, hypertension, and critically low potassium levels. The statement stressed that the current detention facility lacks the specialized medical care and complex interventions required for his condition.

The elders expressed deep regret over the federal government’s rejection of every request for independent specialist medical attention for Kanu. Consequently, they earnestly urged the international community to act swiftly, considering the reality of Kanu’s deteriorating health. They implored the Federal Government of Nigeria to promptly comply with the United Nations Opinion, particularly regarding the unconditional release of Mazi Kanu from detention.

As the elders continue their spiritual endeavors and international appeals, the fate of Nnamdi Kanu remains uncertain. His declining health and ongoing detention have become pressing concerns for his family, legal team, and supporters, who eagerly await a resolution in his case.

Key Highlights:

  • Elders from the Old Eastern Region visit Nnamdi Kanu’s ancestral home in a quest for divine intervention and call upon the United Nations for intervention in his release.
  • The elders, representing the nine states of the defunct Eastern Region, engage in intensive prayers at Kanu’s home, paying respects at the graveside of his late parents.
  • Bishop Dr Yek Honeys Kings, speaking on behalf of the elders, appeals to the international community to pressure the Nigerian government to release Kanu, citing his deteriorating health and court judgments calling for his unconditional release.
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