Abia community, Abaribe fret over well being of Nnamdi Kanu, parents

Traditional chiefs of Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State have appealed to the government to assist them search for their kinsman and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and his parents.

They lamented that the activist Kanu, his mother and father, who is the traditional ruler of the town, are nowhere to be found since after the September 10 invasion of their community by armed soldiers.

In the same vein, the lawmaker representing Abia South in the National Assembly, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has expressed concern over the whereabouts of the IPOB leader.

For the Afaraukwu chiefs, the disappearance of Eze Israel Kanu, his wife and son for more than three weeks after the soldiers’ invasion is worrisome to them.

A member of Eze Kanu’s cabinet, Chimechefulam Odoemelam, was reported to have said that he was worried about the disappearance of the traditional ruler and his family members.

He said: “The truth is that we have not seen or heard from our Eze since we all came back. Everybody is confused about his whereabouts because we do not know where to look for him.

“We have reported the case to the body of traditional rulers in Ibeku, Umuahia kingdom where we belong and our Chairman, Eze Henry Ezekwem, has promised to give us a date to meet him on the matter.

“We are hoping that the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, which he (Eze Kanu) is a member, will also lend their voice in asking for his whereabouts.”

Odoemelam, however, said the community had yet to officially report the missing of their traditional ruler to the police because they were advised to stop further action on his whereabouts until the umbrella body of traditional institution in the Ibeku kingdom takes a decision on the matter.

He called on Abia State and the Federal Government to probe the soldiers that invaded the palace, to establish if they took away the trio.

For the federal Senator Abaribe, those who signed Kanu’s bail bond to complete his release from prison are now in trouble as they do not know where the IPOB leader is at the moment.

The Chairman of South-East Senators’ caucus, expressed the worry in New York, U.S.A, while speaking at the Made-In-Aba Products Fashion Show.

The event is being held as part of the 2017 Convention of Abia State National Association of North America (ASNA) at Hilton Hotel, JFK, New York.

Abaribe also noted that the agitation for Biafra will hamper bulk sales and export of Made-In-Aba products drastically.

The Senator, who represents Abia South senatorial district, said bulk buyers and exporters of the products stopped coming to Aba due to security risks by agitation for Biafra and the subsequent military action, especially in Abia State.

According to Abaribe, “I am a Nigerian Senator and not that of Biafra. We had advised Kanu, reminding him that his rights end where those of others begin. We are now in trouble, because we do not know where he is and how to contact him. Those that support Kanu’s agitation should think twice.”

The lawmaker appealed to the people to be pragmatic and realistic.



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