The governor of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, Monday, said he had arranged to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari with a view to releasing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu is the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. He is being detained at the custody of the Department of State Services in Abuja over alleged running a proscribed group, jumping bail and treason.
Prof Soludo disclosed his plans to enable the release of Kanu on Monday during a quarterly statewide briefing aimed at informing Anambra people about the activities of his government.
He said he had booked a session with President Muhammadu Buhari over Kanu’s release, and currently waiting for appointment with Mr President.
In his words, “On the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, his release does not mean that insecurity will be completely eliminated. The call is in the best interest of the Southeast as a whole.
“Kanu was saddened by the level of crime associated with the agitation when I visited him in prison. He called it an abomination.
“Everyone has now become freedom fighter, using it as an avenue to commit crimes. The truth is that if he is released, he will be able to distinguish between genuine freedom fighters and criminals.
“What is still holding him back is a political issue. I am awaiting confirmation of appointment with the president to hand him the letter officially.”
Soludo had earlier promised to stand as a surety to Kanu to effect his release.