Relatives of the leader of the outlaw Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu have yelled at the presence of soldiers in his hometown, Isiama Afaraukwu, in the North Umuahia local government area of Abia state.
Nnamdi Kanu’s younger brother Emmanuel, who spoke to The Nation on Wednesday, November 25, said residents have become apprehensive about the soldiers’ presence.
Emmanuel emphasized that Afaraukwu has yet to recover from the shock and trauma of an alleged 2017 military invasion, adding that they are not comfortable with the soldiers patrolling the “peaceful” community.
“We don’t want what happened in Lekki to happen in our community again.”
The brother of the leader of the secessionist group also asked the military authorities not to deploy soldiers in the peaceful community to avoid “intimidation and harassment of innocent residents and indigenous people.”
However, an officer from the 14th Brigade Headquarters who did not want to be identified, dismissed Prince Kanu’s claim and also claimed that the soldiers were fulfilling their legitimate duties.
Appealing to community members and the public to take care of their legal matters, the military source insisted that only someone who has a “skeleton in their closet gets agitated.”