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AS TENSION continues to rise over the recent arrest of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian government, a human right activist and lawyer, Emmanuel Okechukwu Junior has urged the Nigerian government to utilise the opportunity to negotiate with him with a view to making peace and addressing the agitations he is championing.

Okechukwu Junior in a press statement in Awka, noted that Nnamdi Kanu is a high profile leader whose agitations should be addressed rather than sweeping them under the carpet.

According the legal expert, the United Nations should interfere to advise the Nigerian government on civilised steps to take to ensure that the IPOB leader receives a fair trial.

He aligned himself with former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s remarks that the captors of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu have fallen into the trap set by the IPoB. He  further aligned himself with the views of some ethnic nationalities in the country clamouring for restructuring of Nigeria.

He expects the Nigerian government to do the needful of handling Kanu’s arrest with all sense of duty, equity and justice, knowing that Kanu represents a group of persons.

On his part, a former Executive Director of the Transport Company of Anambra State and an illustrious son of Uli, Frank Igwe believes that Kanu’s right of freedom has been infringed by the manner he was extradited.

Ogbuehi Igwe urged the federal government to be careful in his trial as the United Nations is watching. He made reference to various groups agitating for their rights in the country and wondered the steps that have been taken to address them.

He also referred to the recent statements credited to Governor Ortom of Benue on the infamous arrest of Kanu which spoke the minds of many Nigerians.

He therefore expects that Kanu’s trial should be fair and devoid of injustice.

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