Emmanuel, a brother to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has opened up on the recent clash between members of IPOB and Nigerian army in Abia state.
Emmanuel also alleged that the army whisked away Nnamdi Kanu and his father after their residence was attacked by military operatives, Punch reports.
He said: “I don’t know the best way to narrate the story. The truth is that our house for some days has been under the siege of the Nigerian Army. The soldiers have invaded our house on two occasions. They (the army) said it was Operation Python Dance (Egwu Eke) which, of course, does not make any sense to us. This is so because the southeast geopolitical zone has been very peaceful until they invaded the place. That is the simple truth.
“We strongly believe that the Nigerian army whisked them away because since the day the soldiers invaded our house, we have not seen the duo and have not communicated with them.
“The army is in a better position to answer that question. They invaded our homes and took away many people – both the dead and the living. So, we are expecting them (the soldiers) to tell us their whereabouts. We have been asking questions about their whereabouts; we have yet to get any answer. So, we believe the invading soldiers are the right people to answer the question. They whisked away about 15 of them. They killed two of my cousins as well – they shot them dead in my compound.”
Going further, Emmanuel narrated events leading to the attack on Nnamdi Kanu’s residence by the army on September 14.
“They killed 22 people and 15 were injured. The whole thing started on the morning of September 14. First of all, they killed two of our ‘brothers’ in front of Diamond Bank, on Library Avenue, opposite Abia state government house and took their remains away. After some investigations, we discovered that they took the corpses to a mortuary at Isiala Ngwa local government area and dumped the bodies there.
“I have photographs to prove that. My community looks like a war zone up till now. People are being harassed and dehumanised by the soldiers every day. The soldiers are still in our community. We are still looking for some of our members in the community. Hopefully, before the end of the week we would have concluded on the number of people missing. If you visit my compound, you will discover that everywhere is covered with blood – even our dog, Jack, was shot dead.”
Emmanuel also spoke on the reason why the family refused to report that Nnamdi Kanu and his father are both missing to the police.
“Which police? Is it the same institution that sent its personnel to come and kill us or the heavenly police? I have reported to the heavenly police, not to the Nigeria police that we have here.
Speaking on the report that Nnamdi Kanu was at a point ready for an amicable resolution of the crisis with the FG, he said:
“I’m aware of the move. The first meeting took place at the Enugu government house with southeast governors in attendance. Another one was scheduled to hold but while my brother was busy preparing for the meeting, the (federal) government was busy planning to assassinate him.
“The meeting was to be about having a common ground where everybody could stand. But that never happened.”
Meanwhile, the senior special assistant to the president on diaspora affairs, Abike Dabiri, disclosed that the federal government has identified more foreign sources where the Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB) gets funding.
The presidential aide said the new foreign sources of funds for the pro-Biafra group were more than those earlier traced by the Nigerian government to France and the United Kingdom.