Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has accused Kalu of capitalising on Kanu’s travails to curry favour from the Federal Government.
Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, had said that Kanu was in London and not in custody of the army or the Defence Headquarters.
The whereabouts of the IPOB leader has been unknown since the alleged invasion of his family home near Umuahia by troops of the Nigerian Army, last month.
He was last seen on September 14 when clashes occurred between members of his group and soldiers on an army exercise “Operation Python Dance” in Abia State.
IPOB members and some of his family members have consistently claimed that Kanu was being held by the military. The army have denied holding him.
“Kanu was not taken away by the military. Kanu went to Malaysia from where he travelled to the United Kingdom. Nnamdi Kanu is in London right now as we speak. He was not arrested by anybody. He left the country on his own,” Kalu had said.
“One of his relations has spoken to me and explained everything because I wanted to see him and talk to him wherever he was and see how I could meet some Federal Government officials on his issue.
“I also wanted to see ways of talking to the President about him, and find common ground but his family told me that he has left the country, unless they are lying to me.
“I believe, whether he had left the country or not, he is not with the military because I asked the Commander of the 14 Brigade, Brig. Gen. A. K. Ibrahim, who is a very fine and good soldier, well educated and dedicated, and he told me that they don’t know his whereabouts and I am sure, the Department of State Services has the same information.”
Ejiofor, said in a statement released on Sunday that the former governor had turned himself to the spokesperson for the Federal Government and the military as part of his strategies to get freed from his ongoing trial on corruption charges.
“Orji Uzor Kalu is a drowning man, looking for where to perch. He has since outlived his usefulness in Igboland. What do you expect from a man who is enjoying a temporary freedom and struggling to get his head out of grievous corruption charges hanging on his neck?
“He saw Nnamdi Kanu’s travail as an opportunity to seek relevance from the prosecuting authorities.
“At some time, he attempted deceiving the state into believing that he had the magic wand to Nnamdi Kanu’s peaceful agitation.”
But Defence spokesperson, John Enenche, told journalists in Abuja last month that neither the military nor any security agency could be held responsible for the missing IPOB leader.
Mr. Enenche, a major general, also denied allegations that the military raided the home of Mr. Kanu in Abia State.
“I watched the operations live. I also got first-hand information from our men on the ground. For the records, Nnamdi Kanu was never taken away by the military.
“The military is doing their routine exercise operation I saw everything, nobody raided Kanu house. I stand to justify it not from the information I got, I was watching it live. I was monitoring it live.”
“Nobody raided his house, nobody went to ‘carry’ him, that must be very clear I saw the militancy, nobody told me,” he said.
Mr. Kanu, who is currently facing trial for alleged treason is due to appear in court on October 17 for the continuation of his trail.
Ejiofor, in an application filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, has asked the court to compel the army to produce Mr. Kanu in court.
The group is fighting for an independent nation of Biafra and has pitched battles with the Nigerian security operatives in recent months. The government recently tagged them a terrorist outfit after securing a court order.