Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has claimed that he was “smuggled out” of Nigeria, with the help of his relatives.
Kanu revealed this in an interview with Israeli TV Channel 1.
IPOB was the target of a Nigerian Army operation code-named Operation Python Dance, launched in the South-East.
During an operation, around Kanu’s residence in Umuahia, Abia state, 28 people were killed while the IPOB leader went missing.
“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,” he said.
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.”
Kanu said he could have gone back to England, “but I still don’t feel safe in England. That is why I stayed back in Israel.”