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The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been scheduled for an emergency Court hearing on Thursday and may likely be released on bail.

The hearing, according to insider source would allow him to be bailed even as the Federal government was ready to soften its stand.

This follows appeals by prominent Igbo people who have been asking for the release of Nnamdi Kanu for peace to reign.

The leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo has intervened and pleaded with the Federal government for the release of Nnamdi Kanu and just on Monday, the Chief Whip of the Senate and former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu visited the detained IPOB leader at the DSS facility in Abuja.

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“An emergency hearing has been scheduled for Thursday and he may likely be bailed.

“This is in response to Igbo elders’ request for his release,” one of the sources said on Wednesday.

CAPITAL POST recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari promised Igbo leaders from the Southeast who came pleading for his release on November 19, that he would consider the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu.

Though, Buhari admitted that the request by Igbo elderstatesmen was a difficult one, he promised consideration.

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Buhari said this while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja, earlier in November.

The elderly people lamented that things have gone awry in the Southeast, as the economy has gone down, people were being intimidated, as well as living in fear.

The former Minister who led the team vouched that he would control Nnamdi Kanu, saying that as the only living Minister in the first Republic, he was highly respected in Igbo land, while he pleaded for political solution rather than military approach to things in the Southeast.

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“If Kanu is released to me as the only First Republic Minister still alive, “he (Kanu) would no longer say the things he had been saying,” stressing that he could control him, “not because I have anything to do with them (IPOB), but I am highly respected in Igbo land today.”

A Presidential media aide, Femi Adesina, had revealed this in a statement titled, “President Buhari to Igbo Leaders: Your demand for Nnamdi Kanu’s release is heavy. I will consider it.”

Kanu has been standing trial at the Federal High Court, Abuja for terrorism-related charges.

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