Nigerian minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described the method with which the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), Nnamdi Kanu was rearrested as the most classic operation of its kind in the world.
This was even as he assured that Kanu would be treated fairly, the same way he was treated which he abused by jumping bail and fleeing 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.”
Laid Mohammed, who spoke to newsmen today, July in Abuja, also assured that all the collaborators in the atrocities committed by Kanu against Nigeria, will be apprehended and brought to book.
“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.”
The minister 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.
He commended the professionalism, diligence, patriotism and painstaking efforts of the security and intelligence agencies.
“We also thank the sister international agencies that collaborated with us to pull off this arrest.
“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 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.”
On the speculations on how the re-arrest was made and in which country the hitherto fugitive leader of the proscribed IPOB was rearrested, Lai Mohammed 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. We continue to respect and honour the obligations.”