The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed how he escaped during the Operation Python Dance in Abia State in 2017.
In an interview with Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Kanu said he was “smuggled out” of the country with the help of “his men”.
IPOB was the target of a Nigerian army exercise codenamed Operation Python Dance, launched in the south-east.
While the group was proscribed, Kanu went out of public glare until two weeks ago when video of him in Israel resurfaced on social media.
In the interview, Kanu alleged that 28 persons were killed during the army operation, which was largely felt around his father’s residence in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
“When I came out (of prison), I continued to preach to my people. I continued to practise my Jewish religion,” he said.
“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.”
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.”