IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu and Yoruba Nations’ Sunday Igboho may spend the festive season in jail, ENigeria Newspaper reports.
This online news platform reports that Nnamdi Kanu has been in DSS custody since his re-arrest in July.
Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges of treasonable felony leveled against him by the Federal Government, but Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had adjourned his case till next year, January 18.
Similarly, Sunday Igboho who was arrested by the Republic of Benin authorities at the Cotonou Airport in July has since been in a detention facility in the neighboring country.
In an exclusive interview with Sahara Reporters, Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of the activist’s counsel said the chances of getting Igboho out of prison in 2021 is very slim.
Olajengbesi however, does not rule out the possibility of Igboho’s release as he added that efforts were being made to secure his release.
“Frankly, the hope of getting him released this year is still very slim. There are diplomatic consultations going on in respect of that because as you know, Igboho in the eyes of the law is a very free person, he has committed no crime.
“We know he’s being held against his will. He’s a prisoner of conscience and so we believe that he will be out soon but I can’t guarantee he will be out before the end of this year. There are lots of diplomatic discussions going on in that regard.”
In the same vein, Aloy Ejimakor, special counsel for Kanu says it was his wish that his client does not spend Christmas in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), but added that there is no court case again this year.
Ejimakor said, “It is my hope as his lawyer that he will not spend Christmas in detention, but we don’t have any court case this year again.
“The Abuja case is next year January 18, while the Umuahia has been concluded but we have to wait for when they will call us for judgment.”