THE former Governor of Abia State, Dr Uzor Kalu has cleared the air on the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He said he did not categorically tell anyone during the press interview with The Punch newspapers that the embattled IPOB leader fled Nigeria through Cameroon and Malaysia to London.
He made the disclosure in an interview with African Independent Television which was syndicated by The Sun newspapers.
Asked to reconfirm Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts based on earlier reports that he is London, Dr Kalu said on return from the US he headed for Abia on September 15 having heard about the raging fire between soldiers and IPOB knowing full well what such confrontation with armed soldiers would amount to.
On arriving Abia on that day he made frantic efforts to see Nnamdi Kanu which, of course, did not yield any fruitful dividend having gone underground as of September 15, 2017.
He said: ”I didn’t say categorically that he was in London, go and read what I told The Punch newspaper. When I returned from the United States of America on the 14th of September and on the 15th I went straight to Abia because the thing was escalating then. I consulted some of them (IPOB) I consulted the security agencies, the army, the police, SSS and the rest of them and I tried to douse the tension.
I started looking for Kanu himself to talk to him. So somebody told me he went to a hotel and I sent people to the hotel and I called one of his relations who came to my house and I asked him where Kanu was, that I really want to talk to him. He said that I should not bother myself and I told The Punch all that transpired including the fact that I was not sure whether the fellow was telling me lies or truth. I said it and it’s in the paper. I didn’t say I discussed with Kanu and he told me he had left for London. His relation told me I should not bother about his safety because I told him that what matters to me is the safety of the man. I wanted to bring the man to my house in Igbere and make arrangements with the federal authorities and persuade them for us to find a common ground.
I never wanted the security agents to bundle him and rough handle him, I only wanted to bring him to my house and wade into the matter, which was what I did when he was in prison. I am surprised at the attitude of Kanu because he knew all the things we discussed; he neglected them because he wanted to play politics. Let me ask you; is it fair on the court that gave him bail? Is it fair on the federal government of Nigeria that the orders of the court were being disobeyed? That order was not that of Justice Nyako at all, it was the law of Nigeria. These are things I reminded him that he must obey our laws.”