The indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, warned the police against attacking mourners during the funeral ceremony of her leader’s parents, Nnamdi Kanu, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and his wife in Afaraukwu, Abia State.
IPOB warned that the police would initiate a chain reaction that Nigeria might never recover from if mourners were attacked during the funeral.
The traditional ruler of the Afaraukwu community and his wife, who died last year, would be buried on Friday.
Prior to the funeral, the police chief in the state of Abia, Ene Okon, had warned members of IPOB to stay away from the ceremony
Okon had threatened the police to spread the funeral.
But Kanu promised to trace relatives of the police commissioner and his officers if they were to carry out their threats.
However, the IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, reiterated the group’s call that security staff should stay away from the funeral.
A statement signed and sent to DAILY POST reads: “We, the global family of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), want to repeat in clear and unambiguous terms what the Nigerian police and army are planning to do in Afaraukwu during the Eze Israel’s funeral Okwu Kanu and his wife will cause a chain reaction on Friday, February 14, 2020 that Nigeria will never recover from.
“Common arbitrary arrest of every mourning party this Friday may evoke a disproportionate response from angry mourners. IPOB warns all agents of the Nigerian government in Biafraland, both traitors and caliphate slaves, that what will happen to CP Okon will also be their part if it is shot in Afaraukwu. The era in which the Nigerian army and police shoot innocent mourners in Biafraland is over.
“What happens in Umuahia with the provocative presence of the Nigerian army and the police is an insult to the people of Biafra and the Igbo race in particular. All those who have supported the unprovoked murderous oppression on IPOB in different ways will pay a lot for it.