The Afaraukwu, Umuahia residence of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State, is currently being laid siege by operatives of the Nigerian Army.
IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu
In a statement released on Tuesday by Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the Nigerian Army has again, laid siege to the residence of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
According to a report by Premium Times
, the legal practitioner who accused the federal government of placing the separatist agitator under house arrest, added that at least four IPOB members had been killed in the area.
Ejiofor said: “Just to notify the world that my client’s (Nnamdi Kanu) house is presently under siege by the trigger-happy soldiers acting under the direct instruction of Chief of Army Staff. He has been placed under house arrest at the moment while shooting sporadically into the air.
“Casualties are being counted as the unprovoked assault progresses. Some IPOB members have just been killed at least four people. They drove in in their thousands to arrest and maim him. I just got a distress call from him now. Further efforts to establish contact with him have remained unsuccessful. As it stands now, I can’t confirm whether he is dead or alive.”
Speaking further, Ejiofor said the Operation Python Dance presently launched by the Buhari-led administration in the South East was principally targeted at eliminating my client.
He said; “It is yielding the desired result to the presidency, having launched a manhunt for my client and unarmed members if Indigenous People of Biafra. Let the world know that the federal government has practically abandoned their case in court in search of a brute route to eliminate my client.
“As I type this statement, his residence has been cordoned off by the military, majority of whom are of Fulani extraction. The world should hold Buhari-led Federal Government responsible if anything untoward happens to Nnamdi Kanu. The situation is very tense at the moment,” the statement said.
Meanwhile in a statement obtained by Premium Times on Tuesday, Chief Ben Nwabueze, a former Secretary (Minister) for Education, said the situation in the country called for great restraint on the part of all.
The statement said, “The report in this morning newspapers of the attack on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Umuahia home by soldiers of the Nigerian army during which some people were reportedly killed or injured is a matter of grave concern, because it occurred at a time the country is facing destabilizing crisis and threats to its peaceful co-existence and at a time the South East Governors are making valiant efforts to contain the danger of the repercussions of the crisis by interventions with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB.
“The situation in the country calls for great restraint on the part of all, and for the Federal Government to take firm steps to restrain any actions capable of escalating the crisis, such as the reported attack on the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Umuahia.”