By Chijindu Emeruwa
Elder statesman and former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife has dismissed social media report linking him and Ohanaeze Ndigbo with the repatriation and subsequent re-arraingment of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
DAILY POST recall that the Federal Government had on Tuesday disclosed that it has rearrested the self-acclaimed Biafran leader.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN who confirmed the development, said he was arrested by a combined team of Nigerian and foreign security agents in a coordinated interception.
Against this backdrop, he was dragged before Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court for the continuation of his trial. Justice Nyako, after listening to Kanu and the government, remanded him in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS. Kanu had a few years ago jumped bail and escaped out of the court.
But dismissing the social media report linking him over Kanu’s rearrest, Chukwuemeka Eze during a telephone interview with DAILY POST on Thursday, alleged that group of individuals were on destructive mission to tarnish his image over his criticisms against the current federal government’s ill-treatment to the Igbo nation.
He said, “I do not think Ohanaeze had anything in getting Nnamdi Kanu arrested. Of course, there had been manufactured story putting my name there as leader of the group of Ohanaeze members that lured Nnamdi Kanu to arrest. Infact, it is surprising that such thing can come out.
“The reports they are giving about the arrest, nobody is sure where the arrest was done. Is it London, Ethiopia, Kenya etc. All these have been mentioned where the arrest was done. And remember to lure anybody to a place, you have to be there. I have not left Nigeria this year.
“It is rarely criminal to allege that Ohanaeze lured Nnamdi Kanu to where he was arrested. Let me advise the federal government, they must be careful in dealing with this case. The detention and actions of the federal government against the southeast has raised Nnamdi Kanu’s prestige and reputation.
Continuing, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain stated, “Nnamdi Kanu is now seen as the authentic leader of the southeast. If you conduct a referendum today, eighty percent of people will be voting for biafra. Federal government need to be careful and go strictly by the law. Government have been pushing southeast out of Nigeria,
and the young men are reacting to it.
“I think, there is a group that is trying to want to tarnish my image, because I have seen many things in WhatsApp that beared my name when I don’t know anything about the post. It has been so frequent in the last few days, and I began to wonder, as conspiracy by some groups against me, “Ezeife concluded.