Ortom said he called for the release of Kanu and Igboho because they are freedom fighters.
He said this on Monday in Makurdi, the state capital, while addressing journalists.
The governor stated that both freedom fighters are not bandits, hence should be released.
Ortom said security agents should stop harassing Kanu and Igboho due to their agitation.
He also disclosed that he may become a freedom fighter like Kanu and Igboho after leaving office in 2023.
“They should stop harassing Kanu and Igboho because these are freedom fighters.
“If tomorrow, I leave office and decide to become a freedom fighter for my people, nobody should harass me,” Ortom stated.