Naija News understands also that the soldiers are also harassing residents in the area ahead of Kanu’s parents’ burial scheduled to hold on Friday.
It has been confirmed that Afara Ukwu, Kanu’s community is currently greased with heavy security personnel.
Amnesty International who disclosed this in a statement said it gathered from some persons that “they saw soldiers harassing people at Bank road while another man said he was prevented from going to his house by soldiers who blocked the road entrance to Eze Kanu’s palace.”
Through its director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigbo, AI called for caution and asked the security agencies to “deescalate the rising tension” in the Abia community.
He called on the Nigerian security forces to exercise restraint and prevent a repetition of the September 2017 events which left 20 people dead and some still missing, when the military attempted to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in his home in Afara Ukwu”, Ojigho said.
He stated that as much as law enforcement officers are within their rights to carry out their lawful duties, they should limit the use of force to situations where it is absolutely necessary.
He further called on both IPOB supporters and security forces must at all times respect and protect human rights of all.
“Concerns about possible violence during the funeral must be addressed within the framework of human rights and rule of law.”
There has been a hot exchange between the police and IPOB, which was banned and declared a terrorist organisation last year, since the burial arrangement was announced.
While the group has insisted on attending the event, Ene Okon, Abia commissioner of police, has vowed that the funeral would not take place if IPOB members attempt to attend it.
Kanu, who has been on the run since 2017, is, not contemplating attending, but said the burial will be broadcast live.