By Ononye VC
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has revealed that forensic investigation carried out so far on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has revealed a treasure trove of information which implicated “highly placed” Nigerian collaborators.
Alhaji Mohammed disclosed this during a press conference he addressed over the re-arrest of the IPOB leader in Lagos on Thursday, July 1.
He narrated how Nnamdi Kanu was rearrested and repatriated to Nigeria to resume his trial made possible through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies.
He recalled that 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, Kanu was re-arraigned in court and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the Department of Security Service (DSS), with the case adjourned till July 26-27, 2021.
According to Mohammed, the Federal Government commend the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies, who, he said, 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,” he said.
Mr. Mohammed noted that for over two years, security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of the IPOB leader.
“He lived a five-star life across several countries, travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designing 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.”
Talking about those behind Nnamdi Kanu’s escapades as well as his collaborators, he stated:
“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 the 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.”
He assured Kanu of fair trial despite jumping bail and fleeing from justice.
“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 said.
Concerning speculations on how this re-arrest was pulled off and in which country the hitherto fugitive leader of the proscribed IPOB was nabbed, he said:
“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.”