“The Abia State Government is confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly-fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction,” the commissioner said in a statement on Friday.
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“We remain in touch with his family members, other relevant persons and institutions, and receive regular updates through them on the situation. We are confident that the judiciary will ensure a free and manifestly fair trial for him and others as they remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
The Commissioner for Information, Abia State, Chief John Kalu, said the state would be monitoring Kanu’s trial “with a view to ensuring that his fundamental human rights, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic, are respected.”
On IPOB’s planned sit-at-home in protest of Kanu’s ongoing trial, the commissioner said the state government would not stop any resident wishing to remain indoors from doing so, but “strongly advised that nobody should also compel or enforce any sit-at-home order from any non-state actor as doing so does not serve any known interests of the people of the state.”
Furthermore, compelling our children to stay away from school can only serve the interests of the yet to be properly identified persons who may not want to see us make progress as a people.
Similarly, our traders sitting at home at a time they need to work very hard to sustain their families and create wealth especially in this era of COVID-19 impacted global economy will obviously not serve any development interest of our hardworking citizens.
The Igbo Ministers Forum also asked the Federal Government to ensure that Kanu was given fair trial.
The National President of the group, Bishop Moses Obasi, said that it was high time the FG addressed the activities of Fulani herdsmen in all parts of the country.
He added, “The court, and not the DSS, should determine Nnamdi Kanu’s fate. All we are asking is fair trial for him. There are laws governing this country and it should be applied in his matter.”