The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, in company of top Police officers has embarked on a journey to Abia State capital, Umuahia, to observe the activities of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in the state.
Rumours had it that the IGP could declare the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu wanted, following the legal backing given to the Executive Order of the Federal Government proscribing the IPOB and its activities.
The legal backing was given by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ibrahim Idris is expected to visit the police station that was demolished by suspected members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
He is also expected to hold meetings with the police to discuss general security, welfare of personnel and ways of dealing with the activities of criminals which has become alarming in the past few days.
A top Police source said that the police may declare the IPOB leader wanted, following the court prosecution of IPOB, on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to the source, the process of arrest of Nnamdi Kanu may however be delayed for now to curb the tension which already abound in the region.
The source added that things would be clarified at the end of the IGP’s visit to the state.
The Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, Jimoh Moshood, had this to say when he was contacted to know if the IPOB leader was on the wanted list of the Police, “I dont understand what you mean by looking for Nnamdi Kanu. For anybody that has committed an offence, he is liable for arrest and prosecution.”
Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor has said that possibility that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB might have been killed by soldiers during a military raid on his residence.
He said: “In view of the rumours being peddled in both electronic and print media that Nnamdi Kanu (my Client) has fled the country, I consider it compelling and obligatory to correct this false rhetoric, in regard to my Client state of being.
“Two consecutive times, the soldiers launched an unprovoked bloody raid on my client’s residence, during which onslaught many of his relatives, friends and wards were massacred in their numbers, some arrested and taken to an unknown destination till date.
“I have no doubt whatsoever that stories making round that my Client has fled outside Nigeria, were planted to divert attention from their murderous raid on my client’s house.
- “I made last contact with my client few minutes into the bloody onslaught in his home on the 14th day of September 2017.”