There is palpable tension as all is set for the burial today of Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Sally, the parents of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The burial will hold in Isiama Afaraukwu in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.
The Punch observed on Thursday that there was heavy presence of policemen at the command’s headquarters ready for action during the burial.
Earlier in the day, the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr Ene Okon, ordered the removal of Close Circuit Television installed by unknown persons around Isiama Afaraukwu Umuahia ahead of the burial of Eze Israel Kanu and his wife Sally.
He said while individuals had the right to install CCTV in their homes, nobody had the right to install one on public properties on the street because of its security implications.
Okon spoke during a final meeting with the elders of the three communities that made up Afaraukwu on Thursday at the command’s headquarters in Umuahia. The meeting was meant to avert crisis.
He said the command had made plans to police the burial venue and would implement it to the latter.
He maintained that the state police command was ready to provide security during the burial of the monarch and his wife, adding that he had no plans to scuttle the burial.
He said, “I invited the elders of the Afaraukwu communities to tell you how prepared we are for the burial of the deceased monarch and his wife.
“I’m sure that the community selected February 14 as the burial date for the King and his queen to indicate the love they have for each other and I commend you for that.
“I want to assure that we are prepared to provide security during the burial of the monarch and beyond; but the police would not fold its arms and watch any group truncate the peace of Afaraukwu and Abia State in the name of IPOB, which is a proscribed organisation.”
See comments and reactions:
Lawrence Monedi: Bandits herdsmen and insurgents are having a field day in North East and Central while our gallant cops are idling away in Nnamdi’s compound
Celestine Eze: God off turn around will turn them to fight against their self Today Almighty God is at work
Hasan Yahaya: Whoever made mayhem or attempt to cause it, he will face the wrath of the law!
Pressia Jul: Nonesese people. They are ready for action against armless and peaceful citizens while they are missing in action in the North.
Mfonobong Ukong: They should take their tension to Sambisa Forest. Let them allow Kanu bury his parents in peace!
Ben Medina: So this albino is your savior ehhh? If yes then the igbo race have turn to laughing stock in the eyes of reasonable people.
Christian Ojukwu: which tension??, in a burial ceremony, the only tension i know is the one the Nigerian government and police is trying to cause in abia state
Macaulay Oge: What I want to hear is that the king terrorist is in Police net. Has he come to bury his parents, and have they caught him? That’s what I want to hear.
Olabisi Babatunde: Give shovel to the securities men to dig the grave since they want to participate in the burial but don’t offer them food coz naija police can beg for anything.
Amicable David: I want to hear heavy presence of military and police posts at Boko Haram controlled areas and not a burial ceremony.