The World Igbo Congress has asked the Federal Government and Governors of the South East states to open up on the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
This is coming on the heels of the group’s concern over the attack on Kanu’s residence in Umuahia, Abia state and his subsequent disappearance.
In a statement by the group’s Public Relations Officer, Basil Onwukwe, the group stated that government’s silence on the matter for over three months after the incidence was worrisome.
The group further noted that the only statement from the Federal and state governments were the proscription of IPOB by David Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi state, on behalf of the South East governors and an announcement by the Nigerian Army that Kanu IPOB was a terrorist group.
“It is public knowledge that the Nigerian Army, 82nd Division, attacked Kanu’s residence, allegedly killing more than 100 unarmed citizens and left bullet ripped walls and shattered windows.
“We also know that soldiers jumped the fence into Kanu’s compound. Kanu and his parents were all in the residence at the time of Nigeria Army’s invasion. Video tapes of mass burial by the Nigeria Army of their victims during the Python Dance 2 are still in public domain”, the statement reads.
It further noted that Kanu and his IPOB members were not armed, and had never been armed, adding that the Army operation was not necessary.
The Army, he insisted has a Military Police unit designed for suspected rebellious soldiers but did not consider this option either.
This action by the Federal Government shows that the Federal government did not intend to arrest Kanu but to assassinate him.