Uchechi Kanu, wife of the missing leader of the Independent Peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, says he is being held by the Nigerian Army at a secret location.
Uchechi, who made the disclosure in an interview with the new BBC Igbo Service in London, where she is based, said he was arrested and taken away on the night the military invaded his father’s palace at Afaraukwu Ibeku in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
She said: “The IPOB people are not sleeping. The army is going to tell them where their leader is. Keeping Nnamdi Kanu does not mean that IPOB is asleep,” Uchechi said. “I don’t know where my husband is. If he is dead or alive, I don’t know. People that are supposed to answer these questions are the army.
“The last time I saw him was when the army came to shoot in our house. He called me and asked if I was hearing the gunshots. I heard the gunshots and started shouting and asked him what was wrong.”
However, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said Kanu was not being held by the Nigerian Army.
There lingering controversy over his whereabouts even as an Abuja court has directed his sureties to produce him to face trial for alleged treason.