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IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, hails Punch

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Tony Okafor, Awka

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has commended The Punch newspaper for its objectivity and fairness.

Kanu stated this in a chat with our correspondent in his father’s palace at Afaraukwu in Umuahia, Abia State.

He said during his incarceration at the Kuje Prisons he was reading virtually all Nigerian newspapers and was impressed with the way The Punch reported the activities of IPOB.

“Virtually all Nigerian dailies gave us beautiful coverage.

“The Punch was fantastic. It did marvelously well in covering our activities.

“It demonstrated objectivity, truth and fairness in all its reports about us. I was impressed with The Punch. The paper is great,” Kanu said.

He said at the appropriate time he would thank the Nigerian media for the support they had given him and his group in their struggle.

He maintained that he owed Biafra a fiduciary duty of protection and defence because of what he described as his kindred affinity in the project.

 The IPOB leader described Afaraukwu ,Umuahia where his father is the traditional ruler, as part of the headquarters of Biafra where the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu had the  Ojukwu bunker.

He said, “Our leader, Ojukwu operated from here till the end of the Biafra war. There is no way I will abandon my father’s land which served Biafra at a time of need.”

Meanwhile, IPOB on Monday condemned the continued detention of its members in various prisons across the country.

It said Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Bright Chimezie, George Onyeibe and other members were being held in prisons in Rivers , Delta, Anambra, Akwa Ibom  and Abia states as well as in Abuja.

In a statement in Awka, Anambra State by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group called for their immediate release.

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