Sunday Nwakanma – Umuahia
The Abia state Command of the Nigeria Police says, it participated in the raiding of the country home of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB Nnamdi Kanu’s country home last Sunday evening.
In a telephone interview, the state Police/Public Relations Officer, DSP Jeoffrey Ogbonna said the Abia Police command is involved in the invasion of Kanu’s country home “based on intelligence information gathered” that the IPOB training in the area.
The PPRO disclosed that during the raid, one Uchenna Kalu Ezeh was arrested, while a double barrel gun, 10 petrol bombs were recovered, as well as 9 live cartridges, Biafra flags, caps, coats and “documents with the names of some members of IPOB”.
DSP Ogbonna also said Uchgenna Ezeh had claimed to come from Arochukwu but living in Asaba in Delta state.
“If not removed, the explosives can be injurious to people around there. So we have to get rid of them to avoid someone touching them and they will explode and injure people living around there”, DSP Ogbonna said.
On the allegation that the invading team took away house hold items, including bags of rice, the PPRO said he was not aware that such was recovered except as she mention earlier.
However when contacted, the security Adviser to the Abia state Governor, RTD Cpt. Awa Udensi said as a person, he was not in the know about the raid and hence cannot say if the state Government was contacted by the invading team before embarking on the their mission.
According to him, the Federal Government has the right to do whatever it wants in the country, stating, “I am not aware of the raid. The Army is not under the state government but belongs to the Federal Government and is under the President of the country who is the Commander-in-Chief”.
On how the state government feels about the invasion, Captain Udensi said he did not know as he was yet to investigate.
It would be recalled that late last Sunday, Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra ( IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, had alleged that soldiers again, invaded their Afaraukwu Umuahia family home and this time, carted away some household items.
He had accused the invaders of ” looting the palace” and making away with such items as television, generating sets, clothes among other belongings of the family, called on the international community to prevail on the Nigeria Army to stop raiding their home, and to produce his bother whose whereabouts according to him has remained unknown since after the September 14 military invasion of the compound.
But when contacted the Desk Officer of Operation Python Dance in charge of Abia State said no household items were removed from Kanu’s home.
According to him the operation was based on the intelligence that arms were hidden in the compound.
He said “The things removed may be technical items”, adding that ” somebody was arrested with weapon in the compound.
The Army Officer who preferred to be simply identified as “Desk Officer for the operation” had also said it was a joint operation with the police, and directed further enquiries to the police.