– Orji Kalu has denied report saying he told pressmen that Nnamdi Kanu is in London – Kalu said he has no idea where the IPOB leader is hiding, but his family asked him not to worry – He claimed that at a point, he was looking for Kanu so as to broker peace between him and the federal government Former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu, has denied reports credited to him that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is currently in London. Recall that NAIJ.com and several other media previously reported that Kalu told Punch newspaper that Kanu has travelled to Malaysia and then from there to United Kingdom. Kalu, who denied making the claim during an interview on AIT, said he has no idea where the IPOB leader was and he was at a point, looking for him so he could broker peace between Kanu and the federal government.
He said: “I didn’t categorically say that he was in London. You can read what I said in the Punch. “When I returned from the United States on September 14 and went straight to Abia on the 15th because the crisis was escalating, I consulted some of them (IPOB), the security agencies including the army, police, Department of State Services (DSS) and others to douse the tension. I looked for Kanu to talk to him. “So, somebody told me he went to a hotel and I sent people to the hotel and I called one of his relations, who came to my house and I asked him where Kanu was as I really wanted to talk to him. “He said that I should not bother myself and I told Punch whether this fellow was telling me lies or truth is what I don’t know. I didn’t say I discussed with Kanu and he told me he had left for London.” Kalu said he was told by Nnamdi Kanu’s family member not to bother about the safety of the IPOB leader. He said: “His relation told me I should not bother about his safety because I told him that what matters to me is the safety of the man. “I wanted to bring the man to my house in Igbere and make arrangements with federal authorities and persuade them for us to find a common ground. “I never wanted the security agents to bundle him and rough handle him. “I only wanted to bring him to my house and wade into the security agencies and talk to the federal authorities, which was what I did when he was in prison. I am surprised at the attitude of Kanu because he knew all the things we discussed.”
Meanwhile, JALABASE earlier reported that Kalu, has maintained that the north must complete its two-term of eight years, adding that Igbos and other tribes should wait till 2023. Kalu reportedly told Journalists on Monday, October 9, after a closed-door meeting with former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, at his uphill mansion, Minna that if President Muhammadu Buhari does not run in 2019, then another northerner should emerge.