An 11-year-old comedian identified simply as Kamsi, was abducted after he made a video calling for the release of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, ‘Kamsi Comedy’ on Thursday, the skit maker said: “Stop talking to me. I’m not happy at all. There is nothing that will make me believe that we can ever forget Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in this world. A hero, our hero, my mentor.
“This man brought out himself because how we were living our lives was not good. This man brought out himself. Imagine the person whose father and mother were killed and even his dog in our presence but we have forgotten him.
“Because of you and me, this man was sent to prison and he has been suffering there for years. We are supposed to be talking about his release but we are here running around following politicians and they are using us anyhow.
“This man told us that nothing will ever make politicians help us in this life. Igbo people, do we really have brains? Common sense, please forget!!!”
Two days after he posted the video, men dressed in what seemed like security uniforms numbering four and armed with pump-action guns invaded Kamsi’s house and forcibly to him to an unknown destination.
Kamsi’s brother who is also his manager, described the incident as a clear case of kidnap, saying that the family have gone to the police station and Neighbourhood Watch office in their local government area but the security agencies denied knowledge of the incident.
The family member did not want his name to be mentioned for fear of being targeted for attack.
He said: “It was a kidnap because we have gone to the Neighbourhood Watch of our local government and the police station but they told us that they are not aware of the incident.
“So, it is a kidnap because, had it been that they were security men, we can say it is an arrest but we were never invited to the police or anywhere to answer any question and when the men came, they did not explain anything to us.
“They just came and snatched the boy. I was sleeping when they came. It was their noise that woke me. For now, the police and the Neighbourhood Watch people are investigating the matter. They moved out with Kamsi’s mother this morning to carry out an investigation and they are not back yet.
“The people who came and kidnapped Kamsi wore a uniform with MOPOL written on their back but when we went to the police station, they said they were not aware of it and that they had never seen the vehicle the armed men came with.”
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, one of the IPOB/Kanu’s lawyers, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor, described the legal consequences of state terror on children are severe.
According to him, international jurisdiction will be brought to bear.
“I’ve asked my colleagues in Enugu to quickly trace where #Kamsi is detained. Anybody with such information should please DM. To the Enugu State Govt, I will say this: The legal consequences of State terror on a child are severe & international jurisdiction will be brought to bear,” Ejimakor said.