The troops of the Operation Python Dance II allegedly invaded the family home of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in Afaraukwu, Abia State, around 5:00 p.m. yesterday. The palace of Kanu’s father, Eze Israel Kanu, who is the traditional ruler of the Afaraukwu community was destroyed.
According to a Guardian report, the whereabouts of Kanu, his father and his mother during and after the invasion were not made known.When a call was put to the family, a younger brother of Kanu, popularly called Fine Boy, confirmed the incident but did not comment on other matters. He invited interested journalists to come to the house and take pictures of how the invaders destroyed the compound and desecrated the traditional ruler’s palace.
Residents of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the soldiers on arrival shot sporadically for about 40 minutes that the invasion lasted. A resident said that other residents were contemplating not spending the night in their homes around the Kanu’s home for fear of a fresh invasion in the night.
But when contacted, the police spokesman in the state, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said the command was unaware of the invasion. The spokesman of the 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Major Oyegoke Gbadamasi, referred journalists to make their inquiry through dedicated telephone lines.