Nollywood actress Rita Edochie says the continued arrest of the leader Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, will continue to divide Nigeria.
The 58-year-old actress, a staunch advocate of the IPOB cause, is famous for her roles in Nollywood movies shot in Asaba, Delta State.
She is married to Tony, the younger brother of veteran actor Pete Edochie.
Mr Kanu, a dual citizen of Nigeria and the United Kingdom, has been detained by the State Security Service (SSS) on terrorism charges brought against him since his arrest in Kenya and his return to Nigeria in June 2021.
They are being tried before Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja for terrorism and treason charges.
Federal High Court in Abuja, on November 14, postponed the trial indefinitely.
On her official Instagram page on Monday, Mrs Edochie posted a clip of herself and the arrested separatist leader.
He wrote: “As long as Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu is still in custody, Nigeria will never know peace.” Igbo people wake up Igbo people wake up. An Igbo can never smell the presidency without Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu. It is a spiritual thing.
“First fight for yourself, and God will finish the fight. Ndi Igbo, let nothing happen to our big brother Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu. It will be our worst experience. Chukwu Okike Abiama is waiting for Ndi Igbo to act. God is not asleep,” he wrote.
This is not the first time the actress will call for Mr. Kanu’s release.
In February 2022, Mrs. Edochie called for his release saying the Biafra agitator is not Nigeria’s problem.
In a post on Instagram, the veteran actor asked the lawmakers to be true to themselves and resolve the issues they have created.
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He said: “How can they be chasing shadows when they know who their natural enemies are? Mazi Nnamdi Okwu Kanu is never your problem.
“Release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and deal with the problem you created yourself.”
In 2016, the 58-year-old actress revealed that she was sexually assaulted in elementary school and gave birth to a child.
He started his career as a broadcaster at Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS).
Among the films he has acted in are ‘Love Delayed’, ‘Onye-Eze’, ‘No More War’, ‘Chain Reaction’, ‘1999’, ‘Abuja Boys’, ‘Censored Love’ and many others.
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