Family members of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have warned members of IPOB to stay away from the burial ceremony of the parents of their founder.
Kanu’s family members who hails from the Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North council area of Abia State, gave the warning, saying all IPOB members should keep off.
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Ikechukwu Ndubueze, President General, Afaraukwu community, who briefed the media on the preparations for the burial, said the community wants a peaceful burial for their late monarch and his wife.
“What we are doing is a traditional burial. The entire Afaraukwu community wants a peaceful burial. We have been meeting with the security agencies in the state. What we are doing is not an IPOB affair, we are only burying our late monarch and his wife. They should allow us bury our dead. Afaraukwu is a peaceful community.
“Some people don’t want us to have a peaceful burial. All we want to do is to give our monarch and his wife a peaceful burial.
“The Commissioner of Police is our tenant, the head of Immigration and other security chiefs live in our community. Even the Abia State Government House is our tenant. They won’t be living in our community if we are not peaceful.”
Also, younger brother of the IPOB Leader, Emmanuel Kanu, urged the Army to stay away from the burial and allow the community bury their late monarch and his wife in a peaceful manner.
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”They should stay away from the burial and allow us bury our late parents. We don’t carry arms, we assure them we will conduct a peaceful burial. My parents have paid the supreme price, the Army should stay away.”
The burial of His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Meme Sally Kanu is slated for 14 February in their country home, Isiama Afaraukwu community in Umuahia local government area of Abia state.
Nnamdi Kanu turned himself into a fugitive in Britain after he jumped bail in September 2017 in a treason trial in Nigeria that began in 2015.