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Continuous Detention Of Onyekachi Orji For The Past 15 Years Is Unlawful- Ohanaeze Ndigbo

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The youth and women’s branch of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the largest Igbo socio-cultural group, has raised worry about Onyekachi Orji’s extended detention at a federal penitentiary camp in Anambra State.

The Ohanaeze wings defined Onyekachi Orji as a prisoner of conscience and called on the federal government of Nigeria to speed up her legal action towards liberating their arrested sons and daughters, whose only crime appears to be their ‘igboness,’ The Ohanaeze made the disclosure in a statement issued by its acting National youth leader, Onwuasoanya FCC Jones, after a visit to the Onyekachi Orji in Onitsha prison.

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The statement read, “Mrs. Onyekachi Orji and other detainees were very happy with the solidarity shown to them by the Ohanaeze wings and further expressed their heartfelt desire for unconditional freedom from detention.

“It is abundantly clear that nothing fuels crisis and violence in any society more than injustice. These our brothers and sisters are among thousands of Igbo youths who have been unjustly detained over many years, some, without trial, others with inexplicably slow trial.

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“Why would someone be happy that his or her relative is in prison for over 15 years without any court verdict condemning him or her? We have and will continue to do our best to facilitate peace in Ala Igbo, but governments across all levels must show the needed seriousness in supporting this process by doing their bit. One of such is to open the prison gates and release all our brothers and sisters, who are unjustly detained across Nigeria”.

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