“Is Nnamdi Kanu back in Nigeria for parents burial?” Is the most asked question at the moment by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), ahead the burial ceremony of the parents of the IPOB leader.
This online news platform had reported earlier that the parents of the IPOB leader, late HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife late Ugoeze Sally Nmeme Okwu-Kanu will be buried on Valentine’s day, Friday, February 14, 2020.
Naija News reports that ahead of the burial ceremony, the governor of Abia State, southeast Nigeria, Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the state ministry of works to ensure the immediate reconstruction of Eze I. O. Kanu road in Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area (LGA).
Speaking on Radio Biafra during a live broadcast, Kanu threatened to kill the children of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai and that of the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Ene Okon, if any IPOB member is injured or killed during the burial ceremony of his parents.
Naija News recalls that before Kanu disappeared from Nigeria sometime in September 2017, he was being prosecuted on charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him as a response to his agitation on the IPOB platform for the secession of an independent Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
The IPOB leader disappeared from Nigeria following soldiers’ invasion of his home in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, in September 2017. Kanu, a dual citizen of Nigeria and Britain, is believed to be currently residing in the United Kingdom.
Ahead of his parents’ burial ceremony, Kanu had vowed to return to Nigeria, where he said he would kill the children of Buratai and thereafter submit himself for arrest if any member of his group is injured or killed on February 14 during the burial ceremony in his father’s compound.
Following this Kanu’s threat, some online news platforms (Naija News not included) have reported that the IPOB leader is in Nigeria and has lodged in an undisclosed hotel in Abia state ahead of the burial ceremony.
The reports sighted on several online news platforms, also had a picture of Mr. Kanu supposedly arriving Nigeria ahead of the burial ceremony.
A fact check by Naija News, shows that the picture above was taken when the IPOB leader arrived the European Parliament building in Brussels, Germany on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, after accepting the invitation of a few Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and not his arrival in Nigeria for his parents burial ceremony in Afaraukwu as there was no sign of Nnamdi Kanu in Nigeria as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, click HERE for the live updates of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents’ burial ceremony.
Author: Philips Sunday