The authorities of the Nigerian Army have declared that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was not in their custody.
The Army described as untrue and misleading, allegations in some quarters that Kanu was arrested by soldiers who invaded his house in Abia State.
The Army Public Relations Officer, Major Gbadamosi Oyegoke, said on Tuesday that he was not authorised to comment on the matter.
When our correspondent contacted the affected officer, he simply said: “Kanu is not in Army custody.”
The officer’s reaction was prompted by the demand by Kanu’s family that the Nigerian Army should produce him because his whereabouts remain unknown to them since the September 14, 2017 military raid on their house at Afaraukwu Umuahia.
Kanu’s younger brother, Prince Emma Kanu, who made the call yesterday, said that he strongly believed that his brother was “captured” by the army during the raid.
He said that he had no doubt that his brother was in the custody of the army and urged the military to release him to the police.
“It is either they (soldiers) captured him or killed him when they attacked our house. If they captured him, they should release him to the police, and if they killed him, they should produce the corpse because he was last seen moments before the raid,” he said.
Emma further alleged that the whereabouts of his parents, Eze Israel Kanu, and Lolo Sally Kanu, had remained unknown since the attack.
He said that the family had been searching for the IPOB leader and his parents after the military attack without success.
Traditional rulers in Ibekuland had last week asked the army to produce the monarch, whom they said they had not seen after the invasion of his residence.
Kanu’s younger brother who said the family had remained in shock over the attack, called on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian Army to produce his parents and the IPOB leader.