By David Olalekan.
Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is conspicuously absent at the ongoing funeral ceremony of his late parents, Eze Israel Kanu and Lolo Sally Kanu in Afaraukwu community in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
Kanu, who is understood to be in the United Kingdom, fled Nigeria on September 14, 2017 when soldiers under the Operation Python Dance II stormed his Afaraukwu home and allegedly killed scores of IPOB members.
Following the raid, King Israel Kanu, the paramount ruler of the community and his wife, Queen Sally did not return to the community until their demise.
Kanu had on Wednesday tweeted, “This Friday (today), mourners in Biafra will come together to attend the funeral for my beloved parents, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Nmenme Kanu.
“During this time of mourning, the Indigenous People of Biafra are living in a constant state of fear.
“The Abia State Commissioner of Police is threatening to disrupt the funeral and there continues to be a large military presence in the area, which has a history of inflicting violence against the IPOB.
“It is my great hope that the Indigenous People of Biafra can mourn in peace on Friday and can live in peace every single day forward.”
There have been no reported cases of violence as at press time.
See photos from the funeral below: