The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu’s sister has explained how she and some other members of her family were embarrassed by some soldiers.
Princess Tonia Kanu explained how she went to Kuje prison to visit her brother on Tuesday, September 6, when 14 security operatives – 12 soldiers and 2 others on mufti suddenly double-crossed her and some other family members and held them hostage.
Read what she explained:
“Actually what really happened is that I went to Kuje to see my brother as usual! Coincidentally I met three of my uncles there… They also came to see my brother and they had already filled their form.”
“After they finished with him, on their way coming out I was about going in… they told me not to be in a haste that my brother have told them to wait for me so they can drop me in any close place for me to pick a cab and go home.
“They ordered all of us to come down and enter their own vehicle, which we did and they kept us there for more than 30mins until my uncle asked one of the officers to explain what was happening and what our offence was.
“So, immediately I wanted to make a call with my phone but then, they asked me not to try it. “Then one of the men on mufti said we look familiar (me and my uncle), he said it seems he sees me on TV. That was when my uncle, Emeka Ndumele told him that he is Nnamdi Kanu’s brother.”
“They left us in the bus with the armed soldiers while they went to one corner to make calls. After a very long call, they came back and said we should drop our mobile phone numbers and addresses.
“One of the officers had Ejiofor on his name tag, I don’t know what they want from us, if they want my brother to die of hunger there because I am the one that goes there to know what he needs almost every day. “Although they never mentioned my brother’s name…but according to my uncles when they were inside the prison with him, the one on mufti was working around there monitoring them and their discussion with my brother. “Then he sat beside them as if he is also waiting to see his own inmate, not knowing he was probably there as an informant. It was when those soldiers surrounded us then he appear from behind a building and he was also the one making all the calls.
“The incident cannot stop me from going to visit my brother in Kuje, unless they want him to die there.”
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor said:
“A team of soldiers numbering about 12, fully armed to the teeth apparently acting through an informant was trailing Nnamdi Kanu’s family members.”
“It is to say the least, the height of brazen violation of our laws. While under prison custody, the law allows all inmates including Nnamdi Kanu to receive visitors including family members, provided that the visitors subject themselves to requisite security screening before gaining entrance.”
“This development is a clear attempt to ban Nnamdi kanu from receiving visitors including his family members, as the intendment is to instil fears on people that may wish to pay him visit. “When this is achieve, his life will then be exposed to more dangers in detention. Especially, against the backdrop of visible but repeated threats to his life. “We must challenge this abduction, intimidation and harassment in a court of law, as it is a clear violation of the constitutional rights of the citizens that paid him visit. “We are still investigating further details provided with a view to coming up with the appropriate cause of action, deserving in the circumstance. This lawlessness and impunity must stop.
“We find it extremely unacceptable as it offends all known democratic norms.