Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged its members to defend themselves should they come under attack at the home of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, whose deceased parents are due for burial on Friday.
Eze Israel Kanu and Lolo Ugoeze Sally Okwu-Kanu are due for burial in Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Deputy Leader of IPOB, Uche Mefor urged family members of the group to prepare for possible attack from Nigerian security personnel at the burial.
He spoke on Biafra Radio timeline in the wake of alleged strict warning by Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon that IPOB members must not be sighted at the burial or risk dire repercussions.
Okon said that any member of the proscribed group sighted with insignia, Biafra or Jewish flags would have themselves to blame.
The commissioner further warned community leaders in the area not to allow IPOB members attend the event or risk the burial being scattered.
But Mefor urged the group’s members not to be intimidated by threats.
He said it was a sacrilege for the Nigeria Police and Army to have brought about Kanu’s parents’ death without showing any sign of remorse.
The IPOB deputy leader said that the police commissioner’s statement was an attempt at preventing the family from giving the deceased a befitting burial.
According to him, all family units coming to the burial must be ready to defend themselves against any “extrajudicial murder, intimidation and aggression by the army or police”.