The Abia State Police Command has revealed that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are planning to take over the burial ceremony of parents of the leader of the group (Nnamdi Kanu), His Royal Highness Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and wife, Ugoeze Sally Meme Okwu Kanu.
In a statement by the Police spokesperson, Geoffrey Ogbonna, the Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon said IPOB is causing tension among residents of Isiama Afaraukwu.
He revealed that more personnel have been deployed to the community to ensure the safety of residents and property and also to stop any moves to truncate the burial process.
The statement read in part: “The Nigeria Police Abia State Command has been inundated with series of intelligence that miscreants disguising as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are intending to hijack the burial process of His Royal Majesty Eze and Ugoeze I.O. Kanu of Afara Community Umuahia in solidarity to the leader of the proscribed organisation.
“This intention negates the principles of peace-loving and Christian nature of the deceased in according them befitting burial as respected traditional leader and knights of the Christendom. It has also caused tension and panic among residents/indigenes of Afara Community resulting in movements out of the Community.
“The presence of security officials in and around the Community should not be seen as a threat but a proactive measure to prevent the infiltration of miscreants and hoodlums into the community to actualize their intentions of truncating the burial process and peace hitherto enjoyed by the peace-loving people of Afara community and Abia State at large.
“More so, the Commissioner of Police enjoins the public to disregard the rumours making rounds that he wants to scuttle the burial process whereas he has the good intention of providing security to lives and property of the people.”