The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, may have been killed by Nigerian soldiers who allegedly invaded his home in Umuahia, Abia State on September 14, his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has claimed.
Following Kanu’s continued silence since the purported raid of his home, there had been speculations that the IPOB leader had gone into hiding.
But his lawyer, Ejiofor, responding in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday alleged that Kanu may have been abducted or probably killed by the Nigerian Army who invaded his home.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that stories making round that my Client has fled outside Nigeria, were planted to divert attention from their murderous raid on my client’s house. I made last contact with my client few minutes into the bloody onslaught in his home on the 14th day of September 2017. Till date, I have not established further communication with him.
“The soldiers must have made possible contact with him on this 14th day of September 2017, when they invaded his house on a bloody raid, and by virtue of which position, they should tell the world if he was caught by fire of bullets in the hit of the bloody onslaught or he was arrested alive.
“In all probability, my client may have been killed by the invading soldiers who are now seeking ways to fool the world into believing that he has left the country. My request is that the military should produce my client wherever they kept him and stop diverting attention of the public,” part of the statement read.
There have been allegations of human rights abuses by Nigerian soldiers in Abia after a clash broke out between them and IPOB members in the state. The soldiers under a military exercise code-named “Operation Python Dance” were deployed to the five eastern states of Nigeria to clampdown on the activities of violent agitators, kidnappers and criminals.
The branding of IPOB, which claims to have maintained a non-violent posture, as a terrorist group by the Defense Headquarters (DHQ) and its proscription by the governors of the Southeast has been described as unconstitutional by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and some senior lawyers in the country.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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