The Nigerian Army has created a cordon around the Kanu home and has sealed it off completely according to Amnesty International.
Furthermore, they are also reporting that the soldiers have been busy harassing and agitating the local citizenry ahead of Kanu’s parents’ burial scheduled for tomorrow. . The Awareness can confirm that the whole Afaraukwu community has been infused with extra troops who were stopping people as far as Bank road randomly.
“The Nigerian security forces must exercise restraint and prevent a repetition of the September 2017 events that left at least 20 people killed and some still missing, when the military attempted to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in his home in Afara Ukwu”,
“While law enforcement officers are within their rights to carry out their lawful duties, the use of force should be proportional and strictly limited to those situations where it is absolutely necessary. Both IPOB supporters and security forces must at all times respect and protect human rights of all.
“Concerns about possible violence during the funeral must be addressed within the framework of human rights and the rule of law.”
Since the burial was announced, there has been a hot exchange between the police and IPOB.
The latter installed a sea of CCTV cameras yesterday to monitor the unfolding of the funeral yesterday and many are saying that the blockade is a knee-jerk reaction by the Army.
IPOB has insisted on attending the event, however, Ene Okon (below), Abia commissioner of police, has vowed that the funeral would not take place if IPOB members attempt to attend it.
Kanu, who has been on the run since 2017 will not be attending the ceremony but has promised to broadcast the event live via Radio Biafra and the IPOB YouTube platform.