Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Lawyer to the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB has revealed that the Muhammadu Buhari administration exempted its detained members from the recent pardon granted to 2,600 prisoners nationwide.
It will be recalled that the President issued the pardon to decongest prisons all over the country as part of measures to limit the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
However, in a recent interview with Sun, Ejiofor expressed angst at the President’s decision to exclude members of the pro-secessionist group.
“The reality on the ground is that the prevailing prejudice President Buhari’s administration holds against IPOB members cannot permit fair discretion that will take cognizance of injustices being meted out against IPOB members.”
“I am under no illusion that the amnesty exercise is schemed towards favouring a sectional ethnic group. Despite my call for the amnesty to be extended to members of IPOB still held in various correctional centres across the Southeast and South-south, this administration refused to extend the amnesty to IPOB members.”
“Simply put, the detained members of IPOB were not part of the selected group that was meant to enjoy the amnesty. We are not shocked at all by the inhuman decision not to include them,” he said.