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Unknown Gunmen Attack ex-Central Bank Governor, Soludo, Kill 3 Police Orderlies, Commissioner Taken Away |RN

Former CBN Governor, Chukwuma Soludo

By Tony Okafor, Awka


Gunmen on Wednesday attacked a former Central Bank Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo and killed his three orderlies.

The incident happened in Soludo’s home town in Isiofia in the Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Soludo’s police orderly

An eyewitness said, “Gunmen disrupted an interactive session between Isuofia youths and Soludo at the town’s civic centre. Three policemen were reportedly shot dead in the meeting.”

A media aide to Soludo, who pleaded not to be identified, also confirmed the incident.

He said, “I can’t confirm the whereabouts of Professor Soludo. There was a stampede, I don’t know where Soludo is now.

“I only learnt that the state Commissioner for Public Utilities, Emeka Ezenwanne, was taken away but I have not heard about the whereabouts of Soludo.”

Soludo’s police orderly

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu, also confirmed the incident.

“The incident happened but as of now (8.15pm) I’m still gathering information about the incident,” he told The PUNCH.

Soludo’s police orderly

Soludo, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, is a frontline aspirant in the November 6 governorship poll in the state. (Punch)

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Igbo Will Never Produce Nigeria’s President- MASSOB, Soludo, Utomi, Igbo Leaders Demand Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

 

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Former CBN governor, Dr Charles Chukwuma Soludo

 

Friday Olokor, Abuja

A pan-Igbo socio-political organisation, Nzuko Umunna, in Abuja on Tuesday demanded the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention.

They argued that his continuous incarceration, despite subsisting court orders, was a violation of his fundamental human rights.

The organisation, which parades prominent Igbo leaders, including a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo and renowned economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, also condemned the recent killings of IPOB members. They said the perpetrators of the killings should be punished accordingly.

A former chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Anselm Odinkalu; Law Mefor, Rev. Fr. Jude C., Dr Udenta Udenta, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Ferdinand Agu, Tony Nnadi, Sam Amadi, Innocent Chukwuma, Collins Ugwu and Andy Wabali, also signed the text of the press conference read by Soludo.

According to Soludo, the group visited Kanu and his associates in detention as part of a worldwide consultation process on the peace and development of Alaigbo/Nigeria.

Soludo said, “We demand the urgent release of Nnamdi Kanu, his colleagues and all prisoners of conscience, as part of the process of the search for national cohesion and building a new Nigeria. There is a legitimate debate among Nigerians on the Biafra question, and there are indeed many Igbo who, like many other Nigerians, do not agree with Nnamdi Kanu’s objective or means.

“It needs to be stated, however, that no citizen of Nigeria deserves the kind of treatment meted to him and his colleagues. The government has declined to obey the orders of properly constituted courts in Nigeria for his release. Nnamdi Kanu is not above the law; but nor should he be put beneath it.

“A situation where the state refuses to obey clear and legitimate court orders for his release and holds him until it gets a favourable order; moves the goalposts endlessly through endless amendment to the charges against him; and now seeks to try him in secret clearly constitutes circumstances that would fall well short of the constitutional guarantees of due process.”

The group  also condemned “the use of disproportionate force and live bullets by law enforcement agencies resulting in the killing and maiming of unarmed protesters generally, especially the killing of IPOB/MASSOB members under whatever guise and call on the law enforcement agencies to take steps to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.”

According to Soludo, the charge of treasonable felony, which has now being levied against Nnamdi Kanu, had previously been used against the late Joseph Tarka and the late Obafemi Awolowo.

Kanu’s trial, he said, reminded Nigerians of the travails of “these historic figures in our country and, indeed, of the more recent military era treason trial of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.”

The group stressed that despite its mantra of change during the 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress had not been able to deliver on its most fundamental contract with the Nigerian people.  (Punchng.com)

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