Anthony Nwoko image via Naija News
ENUGU (NAIJA NEWS) -- Prophet Anthony Nwoko, a top critic of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been allegedly killed in his Enugu residence, located around Ugbene II, Nike area of Enugu metropolis.
A report by Vanguard newspaper says the clergyman was found butchered in his one bedroom apartment by neighbours who promptly reported the incident to Police on Monday this week.
Naija News learned that information about Prophet Nwoko’s death got to journalists Thursday night while the Enugu police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the death on Friday.
Amaraizu said the commissioner of police, Sulieman Balarabe has directed the homicide police to commence investigation on the brutal murder.
This online news platform learned that the prophet lived alone as his death was not noticed until his neighbour saw that the door of his apartment had remained open; peeped in and saw the clergyman in the pool of his blood.
It was gathered that the caretaker of the compound where the prophet lives alerted the police, who responded to the scene.
Before Nwoko’s death, the prophet had on several occasions alleged that Kanu had since abandoned the struggle for the Republic of Biafra over his “love” for money.
Prophet Nwoko had also taken to social media, particularly Facebook, to speak about his relationship with Kanu which, according to him, went sour after the IPOB leader made him relocate from Lagos to Enugu only to abandon him.
The clergyman’s last posts on Facebook were at about 1:40 pm on April 14, where he uploaded various online reports of his views on Biafra agitation, including video clips from Kpakpando TV.
Prophet Nwoko had in press conferences on January 8 and March 18, 2019, respectively, accused Kanu and some other pro-Biafra campaigners of turning the agitation into a money-making
The prophet had raised the alarm that he was receiving death threats from members of the IPOB over his bribery allegations against their leader.
Prophet Nwoko had alleged that the IPOB leader not only collected huge sums of monies as bribe from Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), ahead of the February 23 election but planned to return to Nigeria to “consolidate on his Biafra propaganda if Atiku had won”.
“They have been calling me with different lines, making different phone calls, threatening my life. They are calling me fake because I stand by the truth. I went to Kuje prison to pray for Nnamdi Kanu and the next court case he was released.
“I went to Affara-Ukwu to tell him the way forward; he did not listen. Many people are not listening to the voice of God and they want me to be that way. Prophet Nwoko says no. I will never compromise.
“Even if they kill me, I will return with the light of heaven. I am not afraid of the people of the world. I am telling Uche Mefor and IPOB to stop threatening my life. Let me put this straight to everyone: I am ready to die standing by the truth because that is why Jesus Christ came for.
“If everybody will keep quiet, this nation will be destroyed. If everybody will keep quiet, Biafra will not come. Let people know the truth,” he had said.
Naija News reports that Prophet Nwoko hailed from Umuahia in Abia state, south-east Nigeria, Kanu’s home country.