Igbo group calls for release of all detained self-determination agitators


By Athan Agbakwuru, Owerri

A call has gone to the Federal Government to, as a matter of necessity; approve the unconditional release of all pro-Biafra activists and other Nigerians incarcerated for self-determination agitations in fulfillment of President Bola Tinubu’s promised commitment to a free society.

The group under the aegis of Concerned Igbo Citizens Council, CICC, made the call weekend in a statement signed by the Interim National Coordinator, and Interim National Secretary, Comrade Ukachukwu Anaele Obioha and Mazi James Uke Okorie and made available to newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The group posited that the unconditional release of Sunday Igboho, a pro-Odua Republic agitator and Omoyele Sowore is commendable but insisted that the gesture must be extended to Nnamdi Kanu and all other Nigerians currently detained for similar activities.

Obioha maintained that the continued detention of Kanu and hundreds of Igbo youths over IPOB activities while their Yoruba counterparts have been granted reprieve by the present administration gives ‘an unsavory ethnic and sectional coloration’ to the federal government’s action.

In addition, the group urged the Department of State Services, Police and National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to, as a matter of urgency, commence investigation and compilation of list of those killed, maimed and unlawfully incarcerated for self-determination agitations across board.

“It has become most expedient and imperative to call on President Bola Tinubu to extend the amnesty he granted to two of his kinsmen, Sunday Igboho and Omoyele Sowore to other Yoruba youths held for supporting the agitations of the duo.

“It would amount to criminal injustice to continue to detain the supporters of fans of Igboho and Sowore since the principal actors have been absolved of any wrongdoing per se”, the group added.