Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has provided insight into how Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, was detained last Sunday, June 27.
On Tuesday, June 29, Kanu was paraded in front of the press. There have been rumours that he was extradited from another country. While his brother claims he was apprehended in Kenya, unverified sources indicate he was apprehended in the United Kingdom.
At a news conference in Abuja today, July 1, the Minister stated that several nations and intelligence agencies with which Nigeria has agreements aided in Kanu’s detention. He remained mum, though, about the countries that provided help.
“Finally, there have been rumours about how this re-arrest was carried out and where the previously fugitive head of the outlawed IPOB was apprehended.
What we can tell you is that the re-arrest was made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of our security and intelligence services, working in conjunction with nations with whom we have commitments. We continue to honour and respect our commitments. ” he stated
Kanu has been pursued by security and intelligence services for two years, according to the Minister.
“It will interest Nigerians to know that our security and intelligence agencies have been on the trail of the proscribed IPOB leader for over two years as he lived a five-star lifestyle across several countries, flying on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments, and dressing in designer clothes and shoes.”
Of course, when he was caught, he was dressed in Fendi, a high-end Italian fashion house, as we all witnessed.
As you may be aware, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been re-arrested and returned to Nigeria to face his charges.
Nigerian security and intelligence services worked together to make this feasible. Kanu skipped bail in 2017 and fled the country, facing an 11-count accusation of treason, treasonable crime, terrorism, and unlawful possession of guns, among other charges.
Kanu was re-arrested in court on Tuesday and ordered to be detained in the DSS’s custody, with the matter adjourned to July 26-27, 2021.
Gentlemen, the Federal Government would like to express its gratitude to the Nigerian security and intelligence services for collaborating to re-arrest the banned IPOB leader in one of the world’s most classic operations of this sort. We applaud our security and intelligence organisations’ professionalism, diligence, patriotism, and laborious work.
We also want to express our gratitude to the sister foreign agencies that assisted us in making this arrest,” he said.