Nigerian Army Soldiers in the wake of Thursday, February 13, barricaded the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu ahead the burial of his parents on Friday, February 14.
Eye9ja quotes a report monitored online, where Amnesty International, AI, quoted residents as saying the Soldiers who stormed the residence of the Biafran leader early Thursday, also harassed residents in the area ahead of Kanu’s parents’ burial scheduled for Friday.
It has been confirmed that Afara Ukwu, Kanu’s community is currently greased with heavy security personnel, the AI confirmed in a brief statement.
The AI 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.”
While confirming the development, Osai Ojigho, Amnesty director in Nigeria, called for caution and asked the security agencies to “deescalate the rising tension” in the Abia community.
“The Nigerian security forces must exercise restraint and prevent a repetition of the September 2017 events that left at least 20 people killed and some still missing, when the military attempted to arrest Nnamdi Kanu in his home in Afara Ukwu”, Ojigho said.
“While law enforcement officers are within their rights to carry out their lawful duties, the use of force should be proportional and strictly limited to those situations where it is absolutely necessary. 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,” he said.