Shops close for Nnamdi Kanu’s parents’ burial

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By Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia

 

Shop owners in Isiama Afaraukwu community, Umuahia North LGA of Abia State on Saturday closed for business as the family of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),  Nnamdi Kanu buries his parents; HRH Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu.

Our reporter who is in the community to monitor activities reports that no shop was open for business around the Afaraukwu community.

Some of the visitors, who came for bathroom burial, had to trek a distance before they could find what to eat.

School onwers reportedly instructed their staff and students to stay at home as they couldn’t predict what could become of the event following the recent utterances coming from IPOB and security agencies before the burial.

Former Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Peter Obi and the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe had arrived St. Andrews Anglican Church Afaraukwu where the commendation service for the late monarch and wife will be holding

Also joined them is Chief Victor Umeh, former National chairman of APGA, Chief Tony Ukasoanya Abia State chapter PDP pioneer chairman and a PDP chieftain, Chief Empire Kanu.

Other government functionaries are equally expected at the church service.

The body of Kanu’s parents just arrived Umuahia North LGA headquarters where it was received by the LGA officials and they are being expected soon at the church venue.

The ministers of God are already seated with parishioners and other guests arriving the church premises in trickles.

Generally, the situation in and around the community has remained calm, though some IPOB members were spotted at some spots without their usual insigna.

Comrade Uchenna Madu of movement for the Actualization of Biafra (MASSOB) in an interview with our reporter said that he came to mourn with Kanu’s family.

Madu who described the late monarch and wife as peaceful and loving people said that their death would mark the end of the killing of any IPOB or Pro-Biafra group members.

Policemen were seeing around the entry points of the community which the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ene Okon said it was to forestall any attempt by any person or group of persons to disrupt the event.