A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has denied asking the federal government to continue to detain the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu in spite of his acquittal by the Appeal Court.

Ihedioha made the denial in a statement entitled “When silence is not golden’ which he personally signed and made available to newsmen at the weekend.

The former deputy Speaker, House of Representatives wondered what he stands to gain from Kanu’s continued detention more so when he had been discharged and acquitted by a court of competent jurisdiction.

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He noted that the incumbent governor of the state, Senator Hope Uzodimma should be the one to be terrified by Kanu’s freedom.

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He pointedly accused the governor and his cohorts of concocting the letter in which he purportedly appealed to the Attorney General of the Federation to ensure that Kanu remains in the gulag.

Ihedioha said; “If anyone should be afraid of a free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, it is Hope Uzodimma. The fact that he and fellow characters will concoct such a letter shows the level they are prepared to go in order to hang on to the power they acquired through dubious means.

“While Nigerians are aware that those who can forge polling results from manufactured votes can forge anything, I have decided not to keep silent again in the face of this criminal defamation of my character because as we inch closer to the 2023 elections, the evil machinations will intensify.

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Ihedioha who said he is not unduly worried by the smear campaign against him, urged security agencies to investigate those who crafted the letter and bring them to book.

Said he; “I am not unduly worried, though, because our people know better. But we can no longer allow criminality to reign supreme.

“I therefore urge the security agencies to investigate those behind this blatant forgery and bring them to justice. Criminality should not be elevated to an art of governance. Imolites deserve better”.



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