The Nigerian Presidency has hailed the country’s security agencies on the re-arrest and repatriation of Biafra separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, stating that the enhanced collaboration of the law enforcement agencies which led to his arrest was executed with great synchronization.
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu stated this in a statement on Tuesday while also commending the recent raid by the Department of State Services on the Ibadan home of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho.
The Presidential aide describing Kanu as the “subversive leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a group known for its murderous actions and virulent messaging was detained as a result of cross-border cooperation”.
The statement read in part, “This international operation was executed in a closely coordinated fashion following which he was handed over to our National Intelligence Agency, and then returned to Nigeria to face the Law.
“The violence inspired by IPOB has led to hundreds of fatalities, particularly targeted at Government assets and Law Enforcement Agents. Additionally, there have been at last count, fifty (55) separate violent attacks, heavily concentrated in the South-East, which heaped further hardship on our honest and hardworking citizens, preventing them from earning their livelihood and going about their normal lives.
“The Government had long been monitoring the activities of IPOB and had strong cause to believe that their funding sources include proceeds of suspected illicit criminal activities. By this singular action of our Security Forces, sanity, calm and peace has been returned to our communities who previously lived in constant fear of these misguided elements.
“In furtherance of continued diligent work, the State Security Service on Thursday, 1st July raided the residence of a militant ethnic Secessionist, who has also been conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow “kinsmen”.
“His seditious utterances and antics, which he is known to have publicly expressed, have overtime morphed into very hateful and vile laden speeches. It must be highlighted that the government respects fundamental rights of citizens to express their views and recognizes this as a democratic tenet. However, any attempt to build an Armoury coupled with plans either subtle or expressed to undermine our unity as a nation will not be condoned.
“Mr. President’s directives to Security Services regarding anyone seen to be carrying arms, particularly AK-47 are clear and require no further illumination. Assault weapons are not tools of peace loving people and as such, regardless of who they are and where they are from, the Security Agencies should treat them all the same.
“The successes of our Security Agencies must be commended as they have demonstrated significant deftness, guile and secrecy in carrying out these missions.”
Mr Shehu urged security agencies to sustain the level of professionalism displayed and bring to bear as the government focuses on extracting from the society those who have found a new trade in targeting students, rural dwellers and citizens in the North-West.
By Abel Ejikeme