The senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Uba, has appealed to the Federal High Court in Abuja for an order to allow him visit leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who is being detained in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Uba, the candidate of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, prayed the court to grant him leave to visit Kanu in custody as part of his oversight legislative function.
This happened as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, urged the Federal Government to release Kanu to end the insecurity in the Southeast.
In the motion on notice, Uba also sought an order directing the DSS to give him access to its detention facility for purposes of visiting Kanu.
In a supporting affidavit, Uba said: “There had been serious agitation aimed at pressing home his release and this had degenerated into proclamation of sit-at-home orders in the Southeast, a situation which is crippling the economy of the Southeast.
“I know that the sit-at-home orders are a medium of expression of solidarity to the detained defendant and same has been hijacked by unknown criminal elements who are now terrorising the Southeast and engaging in wanton killings, assassinations and burning of valuable properties.
“I state that the sit-at-home orders have gravely affected the economy of the Southeast and had often led to the killing of flouters, arson and assassination of notable persons by a terror group called unknown gunmen.
“There is an allegation that all the above criminalities are being championed by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra under the leadership of the detained defendant; an allegation which has been denied severally; yet, the situation continues to worsen…:
Uba’s lawyer Maxwell Opara said the application was necessitated by the DSS’ insistence that his client needed an order of the court to visit the detainee.
“Thetained on the order of the court, and that we should get the court’s permission to visit him,” Opara said.
Ozigbo noted that a different approach should be adopted in addressing the agitations for self-determination in the country.
The PDP candidate, alongside 17 other candidates, are slugging it out for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, following the approval of their parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ozigbo spoke on Sunday night in Awka, the state capital, during a governorship debate organised by a local radio station.
But two other front runners with Ozigbo for the governorship seat, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not attend the debate.
On the detained IPOB leader, Ozigbo said Kanu should be released by the APC administration, adding that non-violent and diplomatic means of addressing the calls for secession should be adopted.
“Indeed, Nnamdi Kanu should actually be released while we go back to the root cause for the agitation.
“I always focus on the root causes of problem-solving. We can’t be addressing a problem from the symptoms. An efficient way to address any crisis is to deal with the root.
“Why the agitations? If you think deeply, you’ll understand that it is because Nigeria is not working. Our leaders have failed us. The sense of hopelessness brought about by poor governance pervades the land.”
“There’s a lot we need to do to get Nigeria working again,” he said.
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