The family of Eze Isaac Okwu Kanu, traditional ruler of Afaraukwu community, Umuahia North Local North Government of Abia State and father of leader of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), has debunked rumour of the monarch’s death, Concise News reports.
The tittle-tattle started few days ago when news of the passing of Kanu’s mother, Ugoeze Sally Nneme Kanu filtered in.
Rumours followed that Eze Kanu died too, but the announcement of his exit was being delayed because his wife was yet to be buried.
Debunking the rumour, younger brother of the IPOB leader and spokesman of the family, Prince Emma Kanu, insist that their father was alive.
“It is not true that our father is dead. It is a wicked and stupid rumour being perpetrated by haters of the IPOB global family and those who also do not wish the Kanu family well.
“I assure you that such people would, at the end, be disappointed.”
He said it was true that their mother’s death devastated the monarch, but the shock that arose from it was being properly managed.
“Our father is doing well. He is trying to deal with the shock at the moment, and you know it’s not easy,” he said.
Also speaking on the rumour, President General of Afaraukwu Development Union, Chief Ikechukwu Ndubueze, said it is not true that their monarch died.
“Our Eze came back to his palace in September and he is alive,” Ndubueze said according to Daily Sun.
Police speak on reported attack on IPOB members in Ebonyi
Meanwhile, reacting to the claim by some top IPOB members that their people were attacked by security operatives in Ebonyi state, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Loveth Odah, a Deputy Superintendent Police, dismissed IPOB’s claim that police opened fire on them, and instead said that it was pro-Biafra group that attacked the police with gun and other dangerous objects. This according to Daily Sun.
She said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Kpirikpiri Division escaped death by a whisker when the proscribed IPOB members allegedly attacked them.