Former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, said in an interview with The Punch newspaper that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is not in military custody but has fled to the UK.
The former governor said:
- Kanu was not taken away by the military. He went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom.
- One of Kanu’s relations told the former governor that Kanu left the country on his own. “One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some federal government officials on his issue. I also wanted to see ways of talking to the president about him, and find common ground but his family told me that he has left the country, unless they are lying to me,” Kanu said.
Orji Kalu’s comments is at odds with the recent statement by Kanu’s family that, “It is either they (soldiers) captured him or killed him when they attacked our house. If they captured him, they should release him to the police, and if they have killed him, they should produce the corpse because he was last seen moments before the raid.”
The problem is that less than two weeks before the new statement, Kanu’s younger brother had said this to The Punch: “Only my brother can tell Nigerians where he is, I can’t… Nnamdi will soon disclose his current location and IPOB will also react to the proscription of the group by the South-East Governors’ forum.”
Clearly something does not add up.
Extra: In his interview, ex-Gov. Kalu blamed Kanu’s parents for not speaking with their son. “I visited them in December last year and I was not impressed with the discussion I had with the father and the mother because I expected them to have acted better. Since then, I have not visited them. I feel that they have not impressed me because they ignored my advice to them to talk to their son on the need to stay at home and avoid public outings.
“I said his people can continue to carry their flags around but that they should not disturb anybody again. They have a right to express themselves but that such rights should be within the limits of our constitution. They have the right to carry Biafran flags but they should do so within the limits of the constitution.
“Once your activities are within the limits of the law, you are in order. You cannot carry Biafra flags and be stopping vehicles and smashing their windscreens. You cannot carry Biafra (flags) and be raping young girls, you also cannot carry Biafra (flags) and be assembling young men every day. These are people who have no job and after doing that, they will go and engage in kidnapping or they will go and do armed robbery while some will go and do other things to make money. Hunger is a very terrible thing. The traders in the market have warned them to stop the nonsense they are doing. Why should you be extorting money from people in the name of Biafra agitation? They are extorting money from people in the market against their will. If the federal and state governments continue to watch and allow all these things to continue, there will be chaos in the state. If Kanu had not proved stubborn but listened to advice and kept to the rules of the court, we won’t be where we are now.”