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FG breaks silence on how Nnamdi Kanu was arrested, vows to deal with him and his collaborators

By Odira Nwachukwu

The Federal Government has offered insights into the operation that led to the rearrest of detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a media briefing with newsmen on Thursday, was silent on the particular country Kanu was arrested.
Mohammed who spoke with reporters in Abuja simply described those countries and Intelligence agencies as those with which Nigeria shares obligations.

 

He noted that the Nigerian government has an obligation with the countries that aided the re-arrest, stating that the Nigerian Government “will continue to respect and honour the obligations”.

He said, “Finally, there have been speculations on how this re-arrest was pulled off and in which country the hitherto fugitive leader of the proscribed IPOB was nabbed.”

“What we can tell you, once again, is that the re-arrest was made possible by the diligent efforts of our security and intelligence agencies, in collaboration with countries with which we have obligations. We continue to respect and honour the obligations”.

Continuing Lai said that Nnamdi Kanu will not be denied fair hearing, however the federal government must not fail to deal with him and his collaborators according to the laws of the land.

The minister who threatened that the Federal Government will deal with collaborators of Kanu said, “We can tell you that the forensic investigation carried out so far has revealed a treasure trove of information on the proscribed IPOB leader and his collaborators.”

“While the investigation continues, we assure you that none of the collaborators, irrespective of their standing in society, will be spared.”

“They will all face the full wrath of the law for their activities that challenge our nation’s sovereignty and threaten its unity. No one, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the country.”

“It is interesting that many are suddenly calling for a fair trial for Kanu as if he didn’t get one before he decided to jump bail and flee.”

“However, I can assure you that the fair deal that Kanu denied many of the victims of the violence which he willfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him.”

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He said Nigeria had been on the trail of Kanu for two years.

According to him: ” It will interest Nigerians to know that for over two years, our security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of the proscribed IPOB leader as he lived a five-star life across several countries, travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designers clothes and shoes.

“Of course, as we all saw, he was wearing an attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested.”

“Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country.

“On Tuesday, Nnamdi Kanu was re-arraigned in court and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, while the case was adjourned till July 26-27, 2021

“Gentlemen, the Federal Government wishes to commend the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies, who collaborated to re-arrest the proscribed IPOB leader in one of the most classic operations of its type in the world.

“We commend the professionalism, diligence, patriotism and painstaking efforts of our security and intelligence agencies.

“We also thank the sister international agencies that collaborated with us to pull off this arrest.”

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