Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has assured the people of Afaraukwu Ibeku Autonomous community that their traditional ruler, Eze Israel Kanu is alive and well and will return home soon.
The Abia state governor said the South East Governors were working round the clock to ensure the return of the monarch who is also the father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who has not been seen since the military invasion of his community in 2017.
Speaking at the Government House in Umuahia, the Abia state capital during a visit by the people of Afaraukwu Ibeku, the governor said: “Eze Ibeawuchi can tell some of the efforts the government made to prevent the invasion of the community. I was outside the country when the crisis started on a Sunday and returned immediately to take charge in the hope of preventing the escalation of the crisis. We went as far convening an emergency meeting of traditional rulers to help persuade the military not to engage the unarmed youth.
“We had to impose curfew to de-escalate the situation and moved in to ensure that those who were injured were treated.
“The southeast Governors as a body is doing its best to ensure that Eze Kanu is reunited with his community. Your traditional rulers will go with me to meet other south-east governors and we will work to ensure that Eze Kanu does not spend the new year outside his domain,” the Abia state governor added.