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Kanu: Not seen since 14 September

Nnamdi Kanu is hiding in London – DSS official

A senior agent of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), has told that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is in London keeping a low profile since the Nigerian military raided his home in Afaraukwu, Abia State.

Kanu, who likes to be called the “Supreme Leader” of IPOB, a group agitating for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country, has not been seen in public since 14 September, following the attack at his home by Nigerian soldiers.

Some IPOB members have claimed that up to 20 of them were killed during the attack and there has been speculation that Kanu was either killed or captured by the army.

The wreckage in Kanu’s house following the military raid

But the DSS official said Kanu, who holds dual Nigerian and British nationality, fled before the military moved into his compound and has since made his way to the UK, where he was living before he was arrested by security agents in October 2015.

When asked why Kanu has not made any public statements since fleeing, the agent suggested that the pro-Biafran activist was not as brave as he made out to be in the days before the military raid and that he was still “shell-shocked”from the severity of the “storming” of his home as part of what the army tagged “Operation Python Dance”.

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