The Nigerian Army has revealed its last contact with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Responding to the suit filed by IPOB
lawyer Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor pleading with the court to prevail on
the army boss to produce the missing IPOB leader dead or alive who he
said was last seen on September 14 as against an earlier claim of
September 17, 2017.
General Buratai told the court that
during “a peaceful movement” that formed part of Operation Python Dance
II, soldiers, on September 14, pursued a truck loaded with arms and
ammunition into a compound which was identified in the suit as jointly
owned by Kanu and his father.
He alleged that the fleeing truck and
its occupants ran over Army barricade and defied soldiers’ order
stopping them to be searched. Buratai insisted that soldiers that chased
the truck into Kanu’s house did not fire any shot, saying it was the
occupants of the fleeing truck that deliberately ignited the ammunition
they were carrying.
while on a peaceful movement on the said September 14, 2017, the
soldiers randomly conducted stop-and-search operations as are necessary
and it was during one of such exercises in Umuahia, Abia State, that it
flagged down a truck, which as it turned out later, was loaded with arms
and ammunitions of varying degrees and descriptions.
“Rather than comply with the stop order,
the driver and other occupants of the truck recklessly ran over the
barricade mounted on the road by the soldiers and sped off, whereupon
the soldiers at the point gave a hot chase and called for reinforcement
to enable them pursue and arrest the fleeing vehicle. The soldiers did
not fire any shot at the fleeing truck in order to prevent the loss of
“That the truck loaded with the arms and
ammunition was pursued into a compound which has now been described in
this application as belonging to and under the control of the applicant
(Kanu) and his father.
“That it was the legitimate attempt by
the officers and men of the Nigerian Army to arrest the fleeing
occupants of the truck and impound the truck that precipitated the
deliberate igniting of the ammunition in the truck by persons now
believed to be IPOB members.
“That the act of the IPOB members
resulted in sporadic explosions within the said applicant’s compound”,
the affidavit further stated.