Kanu pleaded with Buhari in the letter to immediately and unconditionally free him from custody and to drop all accusations.
After being rearrested in June 2022, the IPOB leader is now in the Department of State Services’ (DSS) custody.
Following his re-arrest, Kanu is now being tried at the Federal High Court in Abuja on treasonable felony and terrorism-related offenses.
However, Kanu, through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, urged the president to release him through a more productive “political solution.”
He noted that Kanu’s release would end the sit-at-home order and restlessness in the Southeast.
The letter reads partly: “We are Solicitors to Nwannekaenyi Nnamdi Olewu Kanu (“Nnamdi Kanu”: “our client”: “Kanu”), on whose clear instructions we write this urgent petition to your good self. The petition is to humbly urge you to order the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu through a more productive “political solution”.
He urged Buhari to order the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, to wield his powers under section 174 of the 1999 Constitution to enter a “nolle prosequi” and end all court cases against him.
“Your Excellency must avoid these unhealthy reactions by ensuring that Kanu is RELEASED IMMEDIATELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY NOW. The moral burden of insisting on keeping Kanu in detention is too expensive and too offensive to embrace, especially with his fragile and deteriorating health condition which his custodians (the 555) have not been able to manage properly. Do not let Kanu die in detention, sir,” the letter added.
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