Lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu,Ifeanyi Ejiofor, says the Nigerian Army has placed his client on house arrest and that he can neither confirm if the secessionist group leader is alive or dead.
In Umuahia, the hometown of Mr. Kanu, there is reported tension as soldiers are reported to have surrounded his residence.
In a statement issued yesterday, Ejiofor said that the recent action by the military where some officers laid seige at the Umuahia, Abia state home of his client, points to the fact that they have placed him on house arrest.
His statement in part reads;
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Ejiofor further said the federal government is attempting to “eliminate” Kanu through ‘Operation Python Dance,’ the military exercise recently launched in the south-east.
“It (the exercise) is yielding the desired result to the presidency, having launched a manhunt for my client and unarmed members if Indigenous People of Biafra,” he added.
“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.”
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