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Foremost lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Mike Ahamba has offered reasons why he believes that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu might be unable to cause the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
The Eastern Updates reports that the secessionist leader has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 2021.
Speaking in an interview with reporters on Friday, the eminent lawyer explained that the same factors that prevented former President Muhammadu Buhari from setting Kanu free might also hinder President Tinubu. He also spoke on other issues.
His words; ‘I’m a lawyer and what I promised myself is the truth. I can’t tell the public a lie. I have always said, I have made public statements which nobody challenged, because you find out that I’ve spoken the truth even though it might not be convenient to you.
‘I’ve told them openly that the President of Nigeria has no power to release anybody in court remand. He has no such power. Let their lawyers find a way to do it. I’m sorry about it, but that’s the fact. And anybody who says I’ve not spoken the truth should stand up and challenge me.
‘You don’t go playing politics with a man’s future. You say it and people clap for you. I understand the governor of Enugu travelled to Abuja to tell Tinubu to release somebody in court remand. Nobody knows everything. I want to be told.
‘I have been a lawyer for 50 years, of which 32 years of it is as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). I have not seen the power the President has to release a person remanded by the court. I don’t mind Nnamdi Kanu coming out, but calling on the President is not the answer. Let the lawyers sit down and find a way to do it.’
The Eastern Updaes reports that his detention has led to unrest in the South East.