Presidency React Over Claim Gov Uzodinma Was Blocking Release Of Nnamdi Kanu

Presidency React Over Claim Gov Uzodinma Was Blocking Release Of Nnamdi Kanu

by Victor Ndubuisi

The Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, leader Nnamdi Kanu was not released by President Bola Tinubu, as reported by media on Tuesday. The Presidency refuted these claims.

Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu’s Special Advisor on Information and Strategy, branded the stories as false information.

Onanuga clarified that Tinubu never met with Igbo businesspeople with the intention of freeing Kanu in a statement that he made public.

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According to reports, Tinubu disclosed that Uzodinma had thwarted his government’s attempts to free Kanu from prison.


According to reports from the meeting, Tinubu stated that the Governor provided justifications for why it was risky to release Kanu ahead of the Imo elections.

It was alleged that the President said, “Uzodinma told me the dangers of releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu now that the Governorship election of Imo state is at the corner. My intention was to order for his release a few weeks ago when our brother, Igboho was released but I was surprised when the Governor of Imo State approached me to reverse my decision to do so. My reason to even attempt to release him is to enable the people of the South East geopolitical zone have peace. The zone has witnessed major security challenges where armed security militia, ESN has killed several souls”The fake news on Uzodimma.

Reacting, Onanuga urged Imo people to disregard the alleged fake news against Uzodinma.

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The terse statement reads: “The people of Imo State should please disregard the fake news in circulation that Governor Hope Uzodimma is blocking the release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu by President Bola Tinubu.

“The fake news is obviously designed to build some resentment against the governor who has done very well for his people and who deserves a second term via Saturday’s election.

“President Tinubu did not meet Igbo businessmen on Monday. He didn’t say what was ascribed to him. He didn’t blame Gov. Uzodimma for anything.


“Sahara Reporters did not report the fake news. The link provided did not lead to the fake news on the Sahara Reporters platform.

“It’s all wicked lies by politically desperate people.”



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