The Archbishop of Enugu Province, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev’d Emmanuel Chukwuma, has claimed that a woman was used to lure the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, into the net of security agencies.
Kanu was apprehended on Sunday by the International Criminal Police while seeking foreign support for the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra. He had been declared wanted by the Federal Government since 2017 after he jumped bail following the invasion of his country home in Abia State by soldiers.
While describing the arrest as welcomed development, Chukwuma said the IPOB did not appreciate Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and others who secured his bail.
He said, “Rather, when he was abroad, he was instigating people to cause confusion. We warned him several times to stop that. It’s not only that; we felt that if you are a leader and you are part of the problem of Nigeria, you should come down here, so we can discuss with others on how to solve the problem.
The fiery cleric, while describing Kanu as a weak leader, alleged that IPOB leader, “played into the hands of Nigerian Intelligence Agency, who set him up with a woman from London to Brazil, where he was arrested and then tranquilised to the point of bringing him to Nigeria.
“That shows irresponsibility. How can a woman and tranquiliser be a way of catching you if you are really a very strong leader? I feel disappointed in him because they lured him out of London to Brazil with a woman. It’s a shame.”
However, IPOB has claimed that claimed that Kanu was abducted contrary to the announcement by the Nigerian government that he was extradited to Nigeria with foreign collaborations. A statement by media and publicity secretary of the group,Emma Powerful in Owerri on Wednesday reads,
“We have confirmed the abduction of our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian Government and her security operatives. We shall expose details of his abduction later. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is presently in the custody of the Nigeria Government.
This evil crime of kidnapping was masterminded by the Nigeria Government in collaboration with all those that view IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as stumbling block against their bid to hold Biafra in perpetual slavery.
“We, therefore, enjoin every IPOB member both at home and in the Diaspora and all Biafrans to remain calm because this is not the end of the road. Our Leader’s next court appearance is July 26, 2021 and Biafrans should mobilize and attend the court hearing.
“IPOB will not relent in the pursuit of Biafra freedom. We have crossed the Rubicon in our struggle for the restoration of Biafran Sovereignty. There is no going back no matter the level of intimidation by our oppressors,” Powerful stated.