Parts of Umuahia, the Abia State Capital are on lockdown for the burial of the parents of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Lolo Sally.
Roads leading to Afaraukwu community, the ancestral home of Kanu where his parents would be buried were on lockdown as residents trooped out to watch the colourful procession put up by members of IPOB.
Photos on social media show the IPOB leader’s parents being conveyed in two customized luxury vehicles with accompanying ceremonial horse rides.
Ulu Onuma who resides in the Bendel Road area of the city, told THE WHISTLER that many residents closed their shops to watch the procession and pay their last respect to Kanu’s parents.
“The town is generally peaceful, and people are going about their normal business. But some traders have closed their shops to attend the ceremony. The security people are everywhere but they are not harassing anybody yet.
“This may be because IPOB members who have trooped out for the ceremony are not wearing their uniforms and other emblems of the group. But we don’t know what may happen later.”
Tension had enveloped the city after the police issued an order banning members of the group from attending the ceremony, with the State Commissioner of Police , Ene Okon, threatening to deal with any member who showed up today.
But members of the group came out in large numbers to honour their leader without their official insignia, obviously not to provoke a confrontation with the police.