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Nnamdi Kanu Disappears as Army Combs South East for IPOB Leaders

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, goes underground following Friday’s classification of the separatist organisation as a terrorist organisation by the military.

Kanu and some top IPOB leaders were nowhere to be seen around his country home in Afaraukwu in Umuahia and other places they frequently visit.

IPOB members who spoke on condition of anonymity explained that Kanu and others were told to go into hiding following the military’s classification and the proscription of their activities by South Eastern governors.

“We have to apply wisdom to whatever we are doing. We have realised that there is a grand conspiracy against Kanu and other top leaders of our group,” an IPOB member said.

Similarly, when contacted by phone on Saturday, Kanu’s younger brother simply identified as ‘Fine Boy’, said he cannot tell the newspaper his brother’s whereabouts.

“Only my brother can tell Nigerians where he is, I can’t. I don’t know why the Army should call IPOB a terrorist organisation, it is out of their desperation to arrest Nnamdi and frustrate the Biafran struggle. We have petitioned the United Nations and the European Union.

“The world knows that IPOB is a non-violent organisation, we don’t carry arms, we don’t kill, and we believe violence can never solve any problem.

“Nnamdi will soon disclose his current location and IPOB will also react to the proscription of the group by the South-East governors’ forum.”

Punch reports that the military and other security agencies have been directed to arrest Kanu and other leaders of the group.

It was gathered that the government felt it could be dangerous to leave Kanu a free man till the adjourned date for his case at an Abuja Federal High Court.

Top security sources reportedly said, “we are seriously looking for him. He has a lot of things to explain to the government concerning his statements, actions, and activities.

“We can’t sit by and allow the security situation in the country to be compromised to the extent that an individual will be challenging the Federal Government.

“Government has to do something about an individual that is recruiting young people, giving them uniforms, arming them and referring to them as a secret service.

“We have been seizing arms and ammunition at the ports; we also need to know what they were meant for.

“This is someone who unilaterally said there would be no election in Anambra State and some people want us to allow him to continue with his activities? No, we need to grow above our ethnic and tribal sentiments.”

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