Nnamdi Kanu: Relatives cry out over safety of detained 12 travellers

Relatives of 12 travellers who were allegedly arrested in Kogi state on their way to Abuja to witness the botched July 26, court proceedings in the on going trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, have called on the Federal Government to release them unconditionally.

The 12 persons including two drivers, who are said to be from Ebonyi state were allegedly arrested and detained in Lokoja, Kogi state, on Monday July 26, the day of the trial.

They  are; Wisdom Ezike, Kenneth Ojima, Chinedu Nwoba, Igwe Sampson, David Ogbonnaya, Aja Joseph, Barrister Awoke, Chinoso Oyibe, Eze Joseph, Okezie Fortune and two drivers. 

A source who spoke on behalf of the relatives told journalists  in Abuja that they are worried about the safety of the arrested travellers

He said they learnt  on good authority that the travellers were arrested and detained by  operatives of the Department Of State Services in Kogi state.

“My brother is one of those arrested and detained by the DSS in Kogi state, on their way to Abuja to attend Nnamdi Kanu’s trial on July 26” the source, who preferred anonymity stated

Recall that DSS operatives had on July 26, dispersed people who had come to show solidarity to Kanu during the trial at the Federal High Court Abuja.

Concerted effort  on Sunday, to have the DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunaya to either confirm or refute the allegation proved abortive as he did not reply a text message sent to him as requested by him.

Also, the GSM line of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to the detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu was switched off as at the time calls were placed to him.

But Barrister Maxwell Opara, an Abuja based legal practitioner and rights activist, who is a member of Kanu’s legal team confirmed the information that some supporters of the IPOB leader were arrested on July 26.

However, he said they are making contacts to know the exact locations of those that were arrested  so that they can issue a statement to that effect.