The Nigerian army reportedly stormed Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)’s home yesterday, Sunday, October 8.
According to reports, the soldiers were in search of what they called “technical items”.
The younger brother of the IPOB leader, Prince Emmanuel Kanu told journalists in a telephone interview that the raid was carried out even when the military was yet to account for the whereabouts of his brother and leader of IPOB.
Emmanuel Kanu alleged that during the raid, household items, including television sets, generating sets, clothes, among other belongings of the royal family of Afaraukwu Ibeku were carted away by “the invaders”.
Kanu claimed that the palace was “looted” during the raid, and called on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian security forces to stop further raiding of his father’s palace and to also account for the whereabouts of the IPOB leader.
But Desk Officer of Operation Python Dance in charge of Operation Python Dance 11 in Abia State, who refused to disclose his identity, confirmed the raid in a telephone interview but maintained that it was a joint operation with other security agencies.
He however, denied that household items were removed from the home of the Kanus, saying that “the things removed may be technical items” and that “somebody was arrested with weapon in the compound”.
According to him, the joint operation was based on intelligence report at the disposal of the security agencies which he said indicated that arms were hidden in the compound.
You recall that last week the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, described Nnamdi Kanu, as a “certified 419ner” without means of livelihood.
Usman, giving a closing remark, at the end of a two-day media workshop for the Directorate of Army Public Relations, held in Abuja, insisted that Kanu was a criminal waiting to face the wrath of the country’s law over his crimes against it.
The man is a certified 419ner, and that is why those of them following him have entered into one-chance vehicle.
I try as much as possible not to say anything in the media because I know it would be subject to so many misinterpretations.
This is somebody standing trial in a criminal case, whether we like it or not, we want to stand against the truth, no matter how long, the truth will come to pass on the 17th, “he said, referring to the October 17 date the IPOB leader has with an Abuja high court. ”
This is an individual without means of livelihood. If I speak, and so what? I can speak eloquently and I can speak like him and also have my own group, that’s exactly what is happening, “he insisted.
“So, what is the essence of our education as a people and as humans? You know that somebody is a criminal and you believe in him,” he fumed.
Below are reported photos from the raid: