The family of the leader of the purportedly proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged in a petition to the United Nations, the European Union and other foreign countries that soldiers of the Nigerian Army of looted valuables from their son’s home during the second raid on October 8 and engaged in “horrendous activities”.
Lawyer to the family, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, signed the petition on behalf of the traditional head of Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, in Abia State, and Kanu’s father, Eze Isreal Okwu-Kanu.
In separate letters sent by Ejiofor to the international bodies and foreign countries, he accused the soldiers and policemen who carried out the raid of looting. He said that “CCTV footage” attached to the said letters captured the alleged looting.
However, he is yet to make the CCTV recordings available to the press.
The letters read in part, “We are solicitors to the family of His Royal Majesty, Eze Isreal Okwu-Kanu, hereinafter referred to as ‘our client’ and on whose standing instruction we file this communication with the British Government.
“It is our brief, that on the 8th day of October, 2017, our client’s son’s home (Nnamdi Kanu) in Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, in Abia State was invaded, and violently looted by rampaging Nigerian soldiers and their police counterparts.
“The CCTV footage which picked the horrendous raids, revealed the brazen looting and carting away of valuables and household equipment by the above named security agents.”
The separate letters were addressed to the Resident Representatives of UN and EU, the US Ambassador, the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, the High Commissioner of the British High Commission and the High Commissioner, the Canadian High Commission.
In the letter sent to the British High Commission, Mr. Ejiofor said that since the first invasion of the family home of the Kanus on September 14, 2017, neither a family member nor any lawyer in their legal team “has been able to establish any form of contact with Nnamdi Kanu.”
He added that the IPOB leader might have been killed.
According to him, the October 8 raid was lawless since there were pending suits challenging the earlier invasion by soldiers and another challenging the court order proscribing IPOB.
The letter continued, “The raid and consequent looting in the home of our client’s son, (a British citizen) by the soldiers and their police counterparts does not enjoy the protection, backing, and legitimacy of any known legislative enactment in Nigeria.
“It is, therefore, not unlikely, that he may have been killed in the well-coordinated bloody onslaught in his home. The attached CCTV footage picked clearly the horrendous activity of these rampaging security personnel in the home of our client.”
The family asked the foreign governments to disregard the proscription of IPOB, saying that the legality or otherwise of it was already being challenged in court.
The Army had claimed that lethal weapons were recovered from the house during the raid on October 8, 2017.
The Nigerian military has not responded to the petition.