The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed concerns over the impending trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, noting that his case should be judged fairly.
Ikpeazu describes Kanu, as his citizen, whom he cares about, should be judged with fairness and equity.
He advocated, however, that proper procedure be followed to try Kanu and ensure justice in his case.
“I consider Nnamdi Kanu as my citizen but not as the leader of the IPOB because I am the governor. I am ready to commit to solving the problem. I care about his well-being and I want him to be judged fairly and equitably.
“I’m glad they want to do justice by looking at the allegations against him and trying him fairly, but I wouldn’t want him to be treated like he’s a convict when he hasn’t been convicted.”
“Not until it is otherwise, he is still my citizen and as a father it behooves us to take care of him after all the prodigal son has had a father,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kanu has being in the facility of the Department of State Services, DSS, following his re-arrest in Kenya.
The leader of the IPOB is expected to appear before Judge Binta Nyako-led by the Federal High Court in Abuja on October 21 to continue his trial.
Judge Nyako first granted him bail in 2017, but he took the plunge and fled abroad. However, Kanu explained that he fled Nigeria because his life was in danger.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku, Obinwannem News Writer / Oct 17, 2021