The Abia State Commissioner of Police has on Monday warned that the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) should stay away from the burial of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s parents, Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Sally.
The state Police chief, Mr Ene Okon, sounded the warning in an interview with reporters in Umuahia while stating that the command can not guarantee a smooth burial should IPOB be spotted anywhere around the funeral.
Mr Okon said that the command has sent a message to the Traditional Prime Minister of Afara-Ukwu Ancient Kingdom, the community of the deceased, notifying him that the command would not watch a proscribed group operate in the state.
“If they fail to adhere to what we have told them, it means they do not want the burial to go on smoothly because we are going to scatter the place.
“IPOB is proscribed by the federal government and I, as the commissioner of police in Abia, cannot sit here and allow any proscribed group to operate anywhere in this state.
“I am saying this again for emphasis that there is no way police will allow a proscribed group to participate in the burial,” Okon said.
Federal Government of Nigeria proscribed IPOB in September 2017 after an order of a Federal High Court in Abuja, declared the group as a terrorist organisation.
Mr Okon continued his warning, stating that, ”the command will not take anything for granted, considering so many threat by IPOB.” However, saying members of the group are free to attend the funeral as individuals and sympathisers like other members of society, but not as IPOB.
While stating details on what is regarded as attending as IPOB, the Police commissioner said, ”IPOB flag”, or ”shirts” or any other form of identification of the organisation should not be in sight during the funeral.
Nnamdi Kanu’s mother died in a hospital in Germany in August 2019, while his father died in December 2019.
Both parents of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu will be buried on Friday, February 14 in their home in Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria.