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Friday, 23 September 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Army moves to investigate harassment on Nnamdi Kanu's relatives

Kanu Nwankwo

The Nigerian army has set up a committee to investigate the attack launched on a sister to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, Tonia and some other members of his family at the Kuje prison in Abuja.

A source within the army told that the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai had ordered the special investigations bureau headed by C. C Chima, a major, to investigate the harassment. On Tuesday, September 6, Tonia and some of her uncles were harassed by a team of armed army personnel while they were leaving the prison facility after a visit to the IPOB leader.

Tonia had told that the soldiers who drove in a Hilux van double crossed their own vehicle, held them for close to one hour, a few poles after the prison facility.

The soldiers, led by Major Yushau later collected their mobile telephone numbers and addresses before releasing them.

She also said her uncle, was able to identify one of the soldiers who they realised had been monitoring them while they were discussing with Kanu in the prison facility. Following the incident, Kanu’s counsel Ifeanyi Ejiofor had petitioned the chief of army staff, the minister of interior Abdulrahman Dambazau and the comptroller general of Nigeria Prisons Service Ahmed Ja’afaru to launch and investigation into the matter.

However, the source said that Major Chima has reached out to Kanu’s counsel requesting a meeting with the lawyer and all the victims of the soldiers’ harassment. The meeting, the source said would take place at an army barrack in Abuja. “The interview is aimed at getting further insight into the petition,” the source said. Meanwhile, the IPOB has said it will embark on a worldwide protest on Friday, September 23.

The group has called on all Nigerians from the South East and South South region to participate in the protest, irrespective of their locations. However, the Nigerian police in a statement has also warned the group members and all Nigerians against the proposed protest.