Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has said the traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku Autonomous community, Abia State, Eze I. O. Kanu, would soon return to his domain.
Eze Kanu, the father of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has not been seen since the military invasion of his community last year.
Ikpeazu, during a visit by the people of Afaraukwu Ibeku, said the South East Governors are working to ensure the return of the traditional ruler.
He said, “Eze Ibeawuchi can tell of some of the efforts government made to prevent the invasion of the community.
“I was outside the country when the crisis started on a Sunday and returned immediately to take charge in the hope of preventing the escalation of the crisis. We went as far convening an emergency meeting of traditional rulers to help persuade the military not to engage the unarmed youth.
“We had to impose a curfew to de-escalate the situation and moved in to ensure that those who were injured were treated. The South East Governors, as a body, is doing its best to ensure that Eze Kanu is reunited with his community.
“Traditional rulers will go with me to meet other South East Governors and we will work to ensure that Eze Kanu does not spend the new year outside his domain.”
Ikpeazu reiterated that the Government of Abia State was never consulted by the Federal Government before carrying out the operation that led to the invasion of Afaraukwu community last year by the military.
The Governor described the people of Afaraukwu as reliable allies and partners in progress, assuring them that they would always receive special attention in terms of development projects, empowerment and employment as host community of Government House.