Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, is responsible for the 2017 invasion of home Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

Kanu, the leader of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), had his home raided by the Nigerian Army during the Operation Python Dance in 2017.

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The IPOB leader had on several occasions alleged that Ikpeazu invited the Army to raid his house in Afaraukwu, Abia State.

However, Senior Special Adviser to the Abia state Governor on Orientation, Ifeanyi Umere,  described the accusations as ‘uncalled for.’

Speaking from Abia State capital, Umuahia, on Tuesday, Umere said that when Kanu was incarcerated, the Abia state government consistently called for his release, and was always in the media calling for his freedom.

“Those who are conscious of the happenings around you should check our comment on media. We consistently called for his release,” said Umere.

“So, is Governor Ikpeazu working against Nnamdi Kanu’s aspiration and intent? We were in the front line calling on the federal government to free him.

“Nnamdi Kanu’s major grudge against Governor Ikpeazu is the fact that he (Kanu) said the governor mobilized the Nigerian army to invade his house.

“And I want to also ask, as the governor of Abia state, Nnamdi Kanu is very conscious and aware of the fact that Ikpeazu does not control the military.”

Umere continues: “Buratai and his men who came here, came on their own, under the instruction of the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed forces who is the President, Muhammadu Buhari directly.

“At no time did Governor Ikpeazu invite the military to invade the Umuahia residence of the IPOB leader. Buhari is the Commander-in-chief of Armed forces.

“So, no subordinate factor or authority can deploy the army or police for any reason for whatsoever, without the approval of the commander-in-chief of Armed forces.

“Let me put in this record, we consistently called for his release. Why do those who are today, hallucinating around him, could not say a word out of cowardice.

“Now, I am still in tandem that the attack on his house was irresponsible. It was uncalled for. It was an invitation to anarchy.

“The governor did not propose proscription. It was the prerogative of the President who has remained adamant in seeing reasons in Nnamdi Kanu’s agitation.

“Using the logic that the governors are against him, Governor Ikpeazu particularly is uncalled for.

“Buratai is responsible for every attack on Nnamdi Kanu. The governor did not deploy the army to invade Kanu’s home.”

Nnamdi Kanu has been on the forefront of the struggle for the secession of Biafra from Nigeria, a struggle he’s been executing with socio cultural group IPOB. The govt has, however, proscribed the group after face-off with security operatives during Operation Python Dance.