Soldiers have again invaded and barricaded the entrance of the family of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Amnesty International, AI, quoted residents as saying the soldiers are also harassing residents in the area ahead of Kanu’s parents’ burial scheduled for Friday.
It has been confirmed that Afara Ukwu, Kanu’s community is currently greased with heavy security personnel. Disclosing this in a statement obtained by TheCable, AI said it gathered from some persons that “they saw soldiers harassing people at Bank road while another man said he was prevented from going to his house by soldiers who blocked the road entrance to Eze Kanu’s palace.”
Osai Ojigho, Amnesty director in Nigeria, called for caution and asked the security agencies to “deescalate the rising tension” in the Abia community.
“Concerns about possible violence during the funeral must be addressed within the framework of human rights and rule of law.”
Since the burial was announced, there has been a hot exchange between the police and IPOB, which was banned and declared a terrorist organisation last year. While the group has insisted on attending the event, Ene Okon, Abia commissioner of police, has vowed that the funeral would not take place if IPOB members attempt to attend it. Kanu, who has been on the run since 2017, is, not contemplating attending, but said the burial will be broadcast live.