The Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday said it had seen its leader , Nnamdi Kanu .In a statement by the group ’ s Media and Publicity Secretary , Emma Powerful , the body said its leader was seen in Jerusalem at the Wailing Wall , where he joined other faithful to offer prayers.
The group ’ s statement read in part , “ Fellow Biafrans , friends of Biafra , enemies of Biafra , men and women of goodwill and of good conscience across the world , we wish to reliably inform you that the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra , Mazi Nnamdi Kanu , prayed today at the Wailing Wall in the Holy City of David in Jerusalem Live today , October 19 , 2018 .
“ Biafrans , be resolute , this is the beginning of the struggle for Biafra’ s independence . We thank God , Almighty God , for his protection and safety . ”
Kanu had been missing since September 14 , 2017 , when some soldiers allegedly invaded his house in Afara Ukwu in Umuahia , Abia State, during a military exercise in the South – East titled , ‘ Operation Python Dance ll ’ . The whereabouts of Kanu and his parents had remained unknown since then .
IPOB had accused the military of whisking its leader and his parents away, urging the Federal Government to produce them . Kanu is facing trial for treason in Nigeria . A video of the leader of the separatist Igbo group performing Jewish prayer rights trended online on Friday.
His younger brother , Emmanuel , said the family received the news through an online video shared by one Castro Nkume.
Emmanuel told Saturday PUNCH in a phone interview that the Deputy Director of IPOB , Uche Ejiofor, had also confirmed that the man seen in the video was Kanu .
Emmanuel said IPOB members and the entire residents of their community received the news with joy .
He however said the family had yet to receive information concerning the whereabouts of Kanu ’ s parents .
He said , “ I can confirm to you that the person in the video is Kanu . He was praying in the video that we saw . We are happy that he is still alive and we will try to establish communication with him . ”
Meanwhile , the Nigerian Army on Friday could not be reached for comments on the latest media report on Kanu .
The military had once declared Kanu wanted .
The Director , Army Public Relations , Brig Gen Texas Chukwu , could not be reached on his mobile phone as it rang out several times .
A text message also sent had not been replied as of press time .
Also , the Director , Defence Information, Brig Gen John Agim ’ s mobile phone was switched off as of press time .
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