The family of Obi Chukwuma Favour, represented by Mr. Obi Ken, has raised alarm over repeated police invasion of their family compound in their bid to arrest their son in connection with the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
They are also worried about the whereabout and safety of their son, Chukwuma, who has not been seen since August of 2020.
Recall that the Anambra State Police Command in August 2021 arrested 17 persons around Ekwulobia area of the state; including youths linked with IPOB.
This was after the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya, which many international and domestic Political and Legal professionals have described a calculated abduction and kidnapping, same being ultra-vires of International Law acceptable procedures.
Though the Kenyan government has continued to deny being complicit in the manner in which the arrest of the IPOB Leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was carried out by the Nigerian government, a lot people have, however, associated the Kenyan government denial with the perceived purported breach of International Law procedure of arresting and bringing Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria to face criminal trial.
In reaction to the arrest of the IPOB Leader, members of the IPOB in the South-East Nigeria introduced a mandatory sit-at-home Order in South-East states of Nigeria as a measure to compel the Nigerian government to release the IPOB unconditionally.
With the sit-at-home Order, no markets, movements of persons and vehicles are expected to go on in the South-East parts of Nigeria. The South-Easterners of Nigeria being the major operators of private business activities in Nigeria, by the sit-at-home Orders seem to run down the entire economy of Nigeria on every Monday.
As a result of the foregoing, the governments of the South-East have had to change Monday school day to Saturday because of the influence of the sit-at-home Order, at the least in the interest of the safety of school children and members of the public.
Information from persons who chose to remain anonymous revealed that about 17 persons were arrested on Monday 02 August 2021 at Ekwulobia in Anambra State in connection with the enforcement of the sit-at-home IPOB Order.
Since the arrest of the 17 alleged members of IPOB, it is gathered that all attempts to release them have not yielded any positive results. Likewise, no one has been permitted by the Police to see any of the 17 persons and their whereabouts remain unknown to members of their immediate families according to the same information.
It was also gathered from our anonymous informant that Obi Chukwudi Favour was at the scene at the time of the arrest but was lucky to escape from being arrested and since then the police have been trailing him, suspecting him as one of the ring leaders of the Ekwulobia Unit of IPOB in connection with the enforcement of the Monday 02 August 2021 sit-at-home Order that led to the arrest of 17 IPOB members.
It is assumed that some of the arrested person may have been put under fearful threat to give out names of other members, but no one was sure if Chukwuma was implicated in any statements.
The Police in Imo had yet to respond to this as at the time of filing this report.
By Cletus Mbaegbu