Traditional chiefs of Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State have asked the state government to assist them in finding out the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and his parents.
They lamented that Kanu, his mother and father, who is the traditional ruler of the town, got missing following the September 10 invasion of Kanu’s community.
They specifically said the disappearance of Eze Israel Kanu, his wife and son for more than three weeks after the soldiers’ invasion was giving them sleepless nights.
When a Punch correspondent visited the community on Saturday, the palace of Kanu’s father was still cordoned off while three vehicles riddled with bullets were on the palace’s premises.
A member of Eze Kanu’s cabinet, Chimechefulam Odoemelam, told Sunday Punch he was worried about the disappearance of the monarch and his family members.
He noted that despite the fact that the community was now calm after the soldiers had been withdrawn, many residents still lived in fear.
He said, “The truth is that we have not seen or heard from our Eze since we all came back. Everybody is confused about his whereabouts because we do not know where to look for him.
“We have reported the case to the body of traditional rulers in Ibeku, Umuahia kingdom where we belong and our Chairman, Eze Henry Ezekwem, has promised to give us a date to meet him on the matter.
“We are hoping that the Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers which he (Eze Kanu) is a member will also lend their voice in asking for his whereabouts.”
Odoemelam, however, said the community had yet to officially report the missing of their monarch to the police because they were advised to stop further action on his whereabouts until the umbrella body of traditional institution in the Ibeku kingdom takes a decision on the matter.
He called on Abia State and the Federal Government to probe the soldiers that invaded the palace in order to know if they took away the trio.