The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has revealed how he was taken out when troops of Nigerian Army launched an offensive apparently to kill him.
He said that the move to kill him by the Nigerian Army was launched during the military clamp down on the secessionist group, tagged Operation Python Dance II.
He spoke in an Israeli TV Channel 1 programme, explaining that he was “smuggled out” of the country with the help of relatives.
Kanu also revealed that 28 members of the IPOB were killed in the military’s attempt to kill him.
He said: “When I came out (of prison), I continued to preach to my people. I continued to practise my Jewish religion. And one day, the Nigerian army came to my house to kill me. They killed 28 people in their attempt to kill me.
“My people evacuated me before they came to my bedroom. They took me away and smuggled me out of Nigeria. I needed some time to recover which I did and then, had to make my way to Israel.”
IPOB was the target of a Nigerian army operation code-named Operation Python Dance, launched in the south-east.
While the group was banned, Kanu went out of public glare until two weeks ago when video of him in Israel resurfaced on social media.
The IPOB leader added that he feels “relieved” that he “managed to make it” to Israel, “the only place I feel safe in the world.”
He said he could have gone back to England (where he had been for years) “but I still don’t feel safe in England. That is why I stayed back in Israel.”