Nigerian Army “Places Nnamdi Kanu Under House Arrest” – Lawyer

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. [Photo credit: Daily Times Nigeria]
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu. [Photo credit: Daily Times Nigeria]

The Nigerian Army has again laid siege to the residence of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in Abia State, his lawyer has claimed.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, accused the Nigerian government of placing the separatist agitator under house arrest.

He added that at least four IPOB members had been killed in the area.

However, the police spokesperson in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, denied the claim.

He said the Army was only on its routine patrol and passed through the area.

“They have moved on now to other parts of the city. I have been to that area, they were on their normal ongoing show of force. I don’t think they tried to break into the building,” Mr. Ogbonna said.

According to Mr. Ejiofor: “Just to notify the world that my client’s (Nnamdi Kanu) house is presently under siege by the trigger-happy soldiers acting under the direct instruction of Chief of Army Staff.

“He has been placed under house arrest at the moment while shooting sporadically into the air.

“Casualties are being counted as the unprovoked assault progresses. Some IPOB members have just been killed at least four people.

“They drove in in their thousands to arrest and maim him. I just got a distress call from him now. Further efforts to establish contact with him have remained unsuccessful.

“As it stands now, I can’t confirm whether he is dead or alive.”

Mr. Ejiofor said the Operation Python Dance presently launched by the Buhari-led administration in the South East was principally targeted at eliminating my client.

“It is yielding the desired result to the presidency, having launched a manhunt for my client and unarmed members if Indigenous People of Biafra,” he said.

“Let the world know that the federal government has practically abandoned their case in court in search of a brute route to eliminate my client.

“As I type this statement, his residence has been cordoned off by the military, majority of whom are of Fulani extraction.

“The world should hold Buhari-led Federal Government responsible if anything untoward happens to Nnamdi Kanu. The situation is very tense at the moment,” the statement said.

Mr. Ejiofor had earlier accused the military of killing over 20 IPOB members on Sunday, but the army dismissed the allegation as baseless and mischievous.

Governors of states in the South East region they have commenced investigation into the allegations traded between Mr. Kanu’s lawyer and the military on Sunday.

On Friday, the Nigerian Army had launched Operation Ogbu Eke II, which it said would be seen around the South East region between September 15 and October 14.

The army said the military operation, also known as Operation Python Dance II, is to check criminal agitators and other forms of criminal activities.

But the Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has demanded the withdrawal of the troops from the region, saying their presence would raise the level of tension it said already exists in the country.

Meanwhile, a constitutional lawyer and Chairman of The Patriots, Ben Nwabueze, has condemned the alleged invasion of Mr. Kanu’s by the army, describing it as “a matter of grave concern.”

In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Nwabueze, a former Secretary (Minister) for Education, said the situation in the country called for great restraint on the part of all.

The statement said, “The report in this morning newspapers of the attack on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Umuahia home by soldiers of the Nigerian army during which some people were reportedly killed or injured is a matter of grave concern, because it occurred at a time the country is facing destabilizing crisis and threats to its peaceful co-existence and at a time the South East Governors are making valiant efforts to contain the danger of the repercussions of the crisis by interventions with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the IPOB.

“The situation in the country calls for great restraint on the part of all, and for the Federal Government to take firm steps to restrain any actions capable of escalating the crisis, such as the reported attack on the home of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Umuahia.”


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  • Sean

    HUMAN RIGHTS DOES NOT EXIST FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO CREATE ETHNIC VIOLENCE , IT DOES NOT PROTECT SABOTEURS, IT DOES NOT PROTECT SELF INTERESTS. KANU DOES NOT HAVE ANY HUMAN RIGHTS ON CRIMES HES COMMITED AGAINST THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
    KANU IS A JOBLESS AND FAILED BRITISH SUBJECT THAT MUST BE PLACED IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT OR EXECUTED! BUHARI IS ONLY BEING CIVIL ELSE KANU, NDIGBO AND IPOB SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEDTROYED. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING AND WHEN THIS GOVT BEGIN TO DEAL RUTHLESSLY WITH KANU AND HIS TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS.

    • Paschal Charles

      YOU REASON FROM YOUR ANUS

    • Jean T Moore

      You are a bastard from the pit of hell. Your entire family and generation unborn are cursed

    • Alah

      Cretins of d zoo $ their reasoning.. look at ur self, cos u belong to d zoo $ wl always diminish in understanding Nnamdi Kanu $ IPOB struggle.. Ur zoo military never dealt with ur herdsmen $ boko haram killing ur people every in d north ..u ending fight, shame to u .. Up Nnamdi kanu .. Here comes biafra very fast especially if kanu is arrested

    • emmanuel

      What is ethnic violence? How many times have you seen IPOB or Massob members with arms? are you demented?
      The FG is fuelling violence, thinking that what they had done in the past may go same way all the time.
      As it is today, every Igbo person, from NASS to State Houses are disgusted about Nigeria. It is either Buhari take the path of honour to get Nigeria to the drawing board or gamble with events.
      My candid advice, it is time Nigeria restructure and quickly..
      I can bet that the developed world is waiting to sell arms to Nigeria, including new entrats like Turkey. We will all be losers, as they boost their economy.
      The arrogance should stop.

    • Mizch

      Speaking as if you are immortal.

    • Alex

      When the time comes,we,the ones that are in support of Kanu and the ones that are not will stand together to defend our people and our heritage and cultures. Those in their wild imaginations that thinks 1967-70 will repeat it self again are in for a shocker.We,igbos, wont be defeated by barbarians again cos we felt and seen the consequences of being defeated by barbarians.This time around,we will stand shoulders to shoulders with our cousins down south to make sacrifices and throw all we have to prevent another defeats.

  • Wale

    Once you signed the doted lines of your bail conditions, it’s either you live by those conditions or you’re placing your freedom at the mercy of the court, which is very unlike to get. No judge takes bail violators lightly, they throw book at violators, anywhere you go.
    Nnamdi Kanu should be picked up ( In Texas, they can even kill you in process) fast track his litigation and sentence him to max term in a maximum security prison somewhere within Nigeria, then establish Biafra in the present five South Eastern tates of Nigeria.

    • Jebu

      Thats how people from d zoo think.. Here comes biafra , Nnamdi kanu $ IPOB have won .. Biafra our hope , bye bye d zoo people.. We r no longer interest in zoo .. Is it by force to remain in zoo with u .. We r not animals

      • Wale

        you’re not animals, so go home.

      • Man_Enough

        Please just go. Biafra go. Nothing better can happen to Nigeria.

  • Sarah

    Kanu/Ipob should bear full responsibility for this turn of events, if indeed it is true that he is under house arrest.
    Kanu violated all terms of his ‘medical bail’, threatened to kill ex-president Obasanjo and his family and also threatened to kill any official that dares arrest him.
    Igbo parents should keep their children and youth away from confronting our Army to avoid being treated similar to the Shiites of Kaduna.
    A word is enough for the wise.

    • Garba

      Rubbish, u have shown that u r from d zoo cos u think like d zoo $ wl always belong to d zoo.. Nothing wl happen to Nnamdi kanu, IPOB members full ground right now at his home, Biafra wl fight d fight $ come out victorious .. Shame people from d zoo

    • Mizch

      Sarah, if you are a woman, how many boyfriends have you rejected in your life. If you are a man, how many girls have you rejected? Scrutinize your conscience.

      • Sarah

        Focus on the topic at hand. Diversionary innuendo is for small minds.

  • Wilfred Bankole Ademokun

    The world has nothing to offer Nnamdi Biafra ,and Nigerian government but to sell weapons, look at Syria, Ukraine, Southern Sudan. What did the world offer than weapons and peace keeping forces. Only enemies of the black people will be happy to sell arms and ammunitions to both sides, enemies of Progressive Nigeria. World powers will turn Africa into a dumping ground of weapons. Time for peace is now. KANU stop playing nasty politics with human life.

  • javscong javscong

    Are there no more ethical standards for members of the legal profession? This Ifeanyi Ejiofor of a character perhaps sees this as his only chance of gaining some relevance. However, he is really on the path of infamy. All he has done in the last 48 hours is spew out lies to make an already volatile situation worse. Being a good attorney includes counselling your client on the fine line between what is legal and what is not. Kanu has chosen to embark on a suicide mission; that is his choice. Him and his lawyer have no right, legal or moral, to lure others on the same suicidal mission. Provoking the military is a dangerous game to play. I am surprised that the elders have kept quiet. The blood of these young men will be on their heads and that of Kanu and his lawyer.

  • Aku

    A war general once Said “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”
    William T. Sherman

  • Mizch

    Kanu has not taken anything from Nigeria. Most of those accusing him have at one time or the other separated or divorced their deliberately chosen wife. If their love became negotiable, why do you want to force people to unite or remain in a union they are uncomfortable with? “Change” includes moving out whey you cannot hold on.

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      But, Cownu who wanted the divorce refused the term of the divorce! Was he not offered biafra comprising the five predominantly Ibo speaking states which he rejected,insisting on annexing two other states? For a man who claims to be fighting against the ‘oppression ‘ of his people , Isn’t that the height of hypocrisy? Anyway, i don’t expect you to see that, after all, the blind are blind because they can’t see

  • thusspokez

    For the effing Kanu, no more:

  • 45Degree

    Nnamdi Kanu is over due for deletion. Why, are we trying to make the error of 1967? Why are we wasting our time with this boy? There are just so many important things for this country that we just need to put this boy to rest. What is wrong with us? This kid has rejected this country and, Insha Allah, he needs to leave.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The agitation is well served with Nnamdi’s illegal detention. THE AGITATION WILL ONLY GROW STRONGER AND MORE MAINSTREAM POLITICIANS WILL SWITCH SIDES , OHANEZE HAS ALREADY FAULTED THE TYRANICAL REGIME THIS MORNING, THE LIST WILL GROW LONGER.

      ALL HAIL BIAFRA !!

  • Frank Bassey

    Kanu’s offence was crying against monumental INJUSTICE Buhari administration. Yet, beings with brain of saw-dust re hailing him. Look at this:

    BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT WITHOUT CORRUPTION

    1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
    2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
    3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
    4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
    5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
    6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
    7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
    8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
    9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
    10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
    11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
    12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co
    13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
    14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
    NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC
    Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
    Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS TO HEAD FOR THE COURTS OF LAW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND ENGAGE THE LAWLESS FULANI TYRANT WHO IS TOO ILL AND ABOUT TO DIE BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPILL AS MUCH BLOOD AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THEN.