Abia CP Okon Back-peddles Over Eze Kanu's Funeral As Warnings Throughout The Diaspora Including From Jews And Femi Kayode Continue To Fly
Finally, after receiving continuous flak and verbal dressing downs by various Igbo socio-economic groups, IPOB, MASSOB and Ohaneze Youths as well as other prominent organizations throughout the Diaspora over his bullish stance regarding the burial of Nnamdi Kanu's parents; the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ene Okon (below) seems to now show a softer side
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Okon, has dismissed reports that he plans to scuttle the burial ceremony of the parents of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. Kanu’s parents; Eze Israel and Ugoeze Sally, will be buried this Friday, February 14, at their country home, Isiama Afaraukwu in Umuahia North council area.
In a statement signed and made public yesterday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna (below), the CP explained that he has good intentions of providing security to safeguard lives and property during the burial.
He further pointed out that the presence of security officials around Afaraukwu community should not be seen as a threat but a proactive measure to prevent the infiltration of miscreants who may want to breach the peace of the community during the burial.
The statement read:
“The commissioner of police enjoins the public to disregard the rumours making the rounds that he wants to scuttle the burial process whereas he has good intentions of providing security to lives and property of the people.
“The Commissioner of Police in alliance with the Afara community wishes to reassure all residents and those attending the burial of their safety. Miscreants are warned to steer clear of the environment as the security operatives will not fold their arms to watch their nefarious activities.
"The presence of security officials in and around the community should not be seen as a threat but a proactive measure to prevent the infiltration of miscreants and hoodlums into the community to actualize their intentions of truncating the burial process and peace hitherto enjoyed by the peace-loving people of Afaraukwu.”
Responding to the statement Nigerians are still not totally sold on the NPF and Army's intentions come Friday. They have voiced their concern especially on social media and cited the comments made by the CP just days ago. ( For that full report click here )
* "That police will not see any Biafra flag, IPOB insignia or IPOB member disguising as Jewish or Zionist Church members.
* By saying they were coming for the burial, they are sending a signal to us telling us to be ready for them and we will be ready for them. We’ve told the organizers of the burial, if IPOB members are allowed to participate, we will do everything within our powers to disperse and if in the process the burial is disrupted, police will not be blamed
* If IPOB will dance during the burial then the police elephants will dance too.
One respondent Solomon Levy compared the utterings to comments made by the Nazi's during the second world war saying:
" So what if I am Jewish and not part of IPOB? Does this mean that I will be arrested or shot when I am identified as a Jew by my kippah (Jewish skull cap) when I go to pay my respects to my friend's dead parents?
"This is a big insult and threat to the over 5000 of Nigerian Jews and they must react to this in the nearly 26 synagogues throughout the country just as we have been doing in Tel Aviv where there is a big Igbo Jewish community with many not belonging to IPOB."
In related events Femi Fani-Kayode also Tweeted the following:
Kanu and FFK
"It is utterly shameful that the Federal Government will not allow my friend and brother Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's parents to be buried in peace.
"The security agencies have been deployed to his hometown in full force and IPOB members have been told by the police not to attend their leaders' parent's burial. This is unacceptable and it is nothing but pure wickedness.
"I hereby make a solemn and humble appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government. Do NOT shed the blood of ANY mourner during the burial ceremony of Nnamdi Kanu's parents.
"The funeral rites must NOT be desecrated by the spilling of innocent blood or violence. They deserve to be buried in peace and with honour and dignity.
"I urge you to be reasonable, rational, gentle, respectful, kind and restrained knowing that those that shall attend the funeral in person and indeed millions from all over the world that will be watching it on television are in mourning and are burying their dead. It is a painful and difficult time for them.
"I counsel you NOT to provoke or attempt to intimidate them or start something that will create more tension in the country and possibly spark off a major crisis in the east.
"The Governors of the South-East and particularly Governor Umahi of Ebonyi and Governor Ugwainyi of Enugu, have done a good job when it comes to security in their respective states.
"They have done a lot of work quietly behind closed doors and behind the scenes to protect their people from the barbaric criminals and the savage foreign invaders and secure their safety. I can testify to that and I have seen evidence of it.
"We do not want anyone or any group of people from outside the zone who have never wished the people of the South East (or indeed the South) well and who want the entire zone to be thrown into a major crisis, chaos and turmoil to take advantage of the situation and use the opportunity of the burial to start killing people and undermine all their efforts.
"My prayer is that everyone sees sense in what I am saying, that we are all extremely careful, that we all sheath our swords and that His Royal Highness Eze Israel Kanu and Her Royal Highness Ugoeze Nnene Kanu are given a grand, befitting and peaceful burial.
"May their beautiful souls rest in peace and may God comfort my friend and brother Nnamdi Kanu, his entire family, the people of Isiama Afara, the people of Abia state and the people of the South East for this terrible loss."
Nnamdi Kanu nor IPOB has yet to respond to the CP's newest comments.