The Abia State government has alleged that a former Governor of the state, Orji Uzor Kanu was responsible for the military invasion of the Umuahia residence of the leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in September, 2017.
The State Commissioner of Information, John Okiyi Kalu, made this known during a radio programme in Umuahia and monitored by Daily Post on Wednesday morning. He exonerated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu from the military attack in Abia state.
Daily Post recalls that the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu had urged his followers to scatter any gathering of Ikpeazu’s campaign team, to serve as a reprisal over his (the governor’s) alleged role in the military invasion of his Afaraukwu Umuahia residence on September 2017.
According to the government spokesman, “Let me set the record straight, Orji Uzor Kalu was the brain behind the invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s residence in Afaraukwu Umuahia. Quote me anywhere you go.
“Kalu supported the military operation python dance in south east zone, particularly Abia. At no time, Governor Ikpeazu brought the army to invade Kanu’s home. Orji Kalu should be held responsible.
“The governor was not in the country, when the military operation took place in Afaraukwu Umuahia in September 2017. The governor did not tell the President to bring operation python dance.
“I can recall when the issue of bringing the army to South East to stop the IPOB agitation came up, every Igbo leader opposed the military action. It was only Orji Uzor Kalu that supported the federal government to clampdown on Biafra agitators”.
When contacted by Daily Post, the Media Aide to the former Abia governor, Ifeanyi Okali Ubaka, declined to the allegation by the Abia government, but later promised to get back to our correspondent.