Ohaneze President, John Nwodo.

The Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called for the immediate release of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, who was earlier arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives.

Ohanaeze in a statement on Friday said that the Abia Senator had no capacity to produce the elusive leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

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President of Ohanaeze, John Nwodo, said the circumstances at the time of the “disappearance” of Kanu were beyond the “contemplation of the law that a surety can guarantee the production of an accused person”.

“The army in the name of ‘Operation Python Dance’ invaded Nnamdi’s home and destabilised normalcy there.

“It is only the security agency that can disclose Nnamdi’s whereabouts. Senator Abaribe has no capacity, nor has any surety in the circumstances to know the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu. What happened in Umahia was an invasion, a war of a kind.

“Nnamdi may have been killed or captured in the imbroglio or even escaped into hiding.

“The onus lies on the security forces to disclose his whereabouts. The judiciary is beginning to tow the line of the executive by throwing the law overboard in matters that affect the south-east.

“We are all equal before the law. Senator Abaribe must be released forthwith,” he said.