A former governor of Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has claimed that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, had escaped from Nigeria through Malaysia and is now hiding in London.
Mr. Kalu told the Punch that he went looking for Kanu, ever since he was declared missing, following an illegal military raid on his country home in Afara Ukwu, Abia State
He said: “Kanu was not taken away by the military. Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Nnamdi Kanu is in London right now as we speak. He was not arrested by anybody. He left the country on his own.
“One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some Federal Government officials on his issue. I also wanted to see ways of talking to the President about him, and find common ground but his family told me that he has left the country, unless they are lying to me.
“I believe, whether he had left the country or not, he is not with the military because I asked the Commander of the 14 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. A.K Ibrahim, who is a very fine and good soldier, well educated and dedicated, and he told me that they don’t know his whereabouts and I am sure, the Department of State Services have the same information. I also visited the commissioner of police and he said he didn’t know his whereabouts and that they are also looking for him.”
IPOB insists that only the military can say where Kanu and his parents are. They have not been seen since the military onslaught on their Afara Ukwu residence.
Last week, Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor sought an order of mandamus compelling the Nigerian military to produce his client.
The British Embassy in Nigeria had also approached the Nigerian government for clarification over Kanu’s status.
The Nigerian military continues to deny that Kanu is in their custody.