There are fears amongst members and supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that the try by safety businesses to re-arrest the chief of the group and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, might forestall him from attending his mom’s (Sally Meme Kanu’s) funeral.
This is at the same time as an Abuja Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako reportedly denied the prayers of Kanu’s counsel; Emeka Ejiofor, looking for for the restoration of his consumer’s bail and assure Kanu’s security in order that he may return residence to proceed his trial.
It could possibly be recalled that Kanu in a tweet had introduced the dying of his mom on August 30th in Germany after makes an attempt by docs to revive her failing well being stalled.
Kanu, who in a video additionally confirmed that the physique of his mom had already been flown to Nigeria (Biafra Land), stating that he would talk his supporters when the household concluded preparations for her burial.
Our reporter, who interacted with some members of IPOB who selected to talk anonymously in Umuahia, the state capital, and Aba, the business nerve of the state respectively, stories that the members had been yet-to-be knowledgeable in regards to the burial preparations.
They had been afraid that their chief (Nnamdi) might not witness the burial of his mom as they alleged that info out there to them has it that the federal authorities has positioned safety businesses on alert to arrest Kanu if he makes an attempt coming again for his mom’s burial.
The IPOB members who disclosed that they had been awaiting additional directives from the management of the pro-Biafra group, nonetheless, guarantee that its members in Nigeria and the world at giant, are planning to make sure they had been in attendance anytime the burial of late Ugoeze Kanu was mounted.
While enterprise and different actions had been ongoing on the Isiama Afara, the nation residence of Kanu, a number of the residents who spoke to our reporter mentioned they had been unhappy when the information in regards to the dying of the spouse of their conventional ruler broke.
They described her as a loving and caring lady that by no means segregate, stressing that it’ll take them lengthy to recuperate from the shock of her loss.
Some respondents, together with the President-General of the group, Mr. Ikechukwu Ndubueze, mentioned the household of Kanu is but to make any official assertion regarding the burial other than the video that he (Kanu) just lately launched.
It was additional gathered from another members of the group that in keeping with custom, Kanu, as the primary son of the household, was purported to be current on the burial.
But the uncertainty over whether or not Kanu could be current at his mom’s burial casts additional doubt as to when the burial will finally happen.
Some of the IPOB members in Umuahia advised our reporter that they’ve been noticing the presence of plain-clothed safety personnel round their chief’s village, however mentioned that it will not deter them from actively taking part within the burial of the mom of their chief when it’s made identified; they, nonetheless, mentioned that making the burial of Kanu’s mum public for everybody to return and pay her final respect would make the world see that IPOB is peaceable opposite to the image the federal authorities and heads of assorted safety businesses are portray about them.
According to them, they had been unaware of the place the physique of the spouse of their conventional ruler is saved by the household. That is, whether or not it’s in Abia State or every other a part of the Southeast.
They nonetheless insisted that irrespective of the years it is going to take, the mom of the IPOB chief wouldn’t be secretly buried, however to be buried in keeping with the customs and custom of the folks of Isiama Afara Ibeku group.
When contacted to know if the Kanu’s has reached out to the state authorities and the extent of the state authorities’s participation within the burial of the spouse of the standard ruler on whose land the current Government House is located, the Commissioner of Information, Mr. John Okiyi-Kalu, in a textual content message mentioned he was in a gathering.
However, yet-to-be confirmed stories making rounds within the state have it that Kanu’s father died in a well-liked hospital in Umuahia, the state capital after weeks of being within the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
While the household is but to make official assertion over the dying of the monarch, rumours have it that His Royal Highness; Israel Okwu Kanu, has been sick and had died on Thursday, October 31.