Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), says he was smuggled out of the country by his people.
Mr Kanu who resurfaced recently after missing in public stated this while granting an interview to Isreal National Television on Monday.
This claim is different from suggestions by his group that he was abducted by troops of the Nigerian Army.
NGPOLITICS recalls IPOB, an unarmed group which seeks an independent state of Biafra, was tagged a terrorist organization, by the federal government, in a bid to cut down the growing influence of the group across the country.
Before he disappeared, his country home was raided by the Nigerian Military in an exercise tagged ‘Operation Python Dance,’ and since then his whereabouts remained unknown until last two weeks when he reappeared in Isreal.
“Nigerian Army came to my house to kill me,” Kanu said.
He alleged that the military took the lives of 28 people in the process while trying to get at him.
“My people evacuated me before they could get to me and they smuggled me out of Nigeria. I would say, I ’m relieved that I managed to make it to the only place that I feel safe in the whole world,” he added.
The separatist leader was arrested in 2015 and charged for treason. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail with stringent conditions which barred him from attending rallies; granting interviews and being in a crowd of more than 10 people.
When he was released, Kanu flouted the bail conditions granted him and insisted he was going to make his appearance at his next court session with two million members of his group.