Nnamdi Kanu’s home community of Eziama Afara-Ukwu in Umuahia, which received the news of his acquittal by the Court of Appeal, Abuja, on Thursday, exploded in celebration.
Since October 2015, Mr. Kanu, the head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group that is prohibited, has been on trial for suspected treasonable crime and other accusations.
In April 2017 after spending 18 months in custody, he was given bail.
He, thereafter, fled the country after soldiers attacked his Umuahia residence during a military operation, code-named Operation Python Dance, targeted at the proscribed IPOB.
He was, however, re-arrested in June 2021 in Kenya and extradited to the country to resume his trial.
The IPOB leader was remanded in the State Security Service custody until the court discharged him on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that youths, men, women and children of his community trooped out to Mr Kanu’s family house in ecstasy when news about his discharge broke out.
The shouts of “Owo-woo”, a common refrain in celebrating and rejoicing over a pleasant and remarkable development in Igboland, rented the atmosphere.
Women brought out white powder, which they shared with all and sundry within the precincts of his father’s palace.