The Nigerian government says it has a “treasure trove” of information on the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu and his collaborators, promising that they will face the full wrath of the law irrespective of their standing in society.
The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while addressing journalists on Thursday in the capital Abuja said his rearrest was made possible through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies.
He was however silent on how and where the Biafran separatist leader was arrested and returned to the country.
“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,” the Minister said during the briefing.
“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.”
According to Mr Mohammed, the federal government was on Mr Kanu’s trail for over two years assuring he will be treated fairly.
He said: “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 designer 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.
“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.”
He commended the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies, who collaborated to re-arrest Mr Kanu 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,” the minister said.
By Abel Ejikeme