DHQ: Kanu not in mil­i­tary cus­tody

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Ron­ald Mu­tum

The De­fence Head­quar­ters (DHQ) yes­ter­day said the leader of the In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not in the cus­tody of the mil­i­tary.

De­fence spokesman, Ma­jor Gen­eral John Enenche, at a press con­fer­ence in Abuja that it was not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the DHQ to de­clare Nnamdi Kanu wanted.

“Nnamdi Kanu is not in the cus­tody of the mil­i­tary,” he said.

He also dis­pelled fears over the Oc­to­ber 1 quit no­tice given to Igbo’s to leave the North and de­nied re­ports that the mil­i­tary raided the home of Nnamdi Kanu.

He said: “No­body raided Kanu’s home and I stand to be jus­ti­fied, not from the in­for­ma­tion I got. I was watch­ing it live, I was mon­i­tor­ing it live and also speaking with them on the ground.”

“The peo­ple that came out there that I saw were the Bi­afra se­cu­rity ser­vice and Bi­afra Na­tional Guard.

“I think I later con­firmed that there was noth­ing to ac­tu­ally jus­tify them legally to mount road­blocks. I saw the mil­i­tancy, no­body told me and I saw the ac­tion there. We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“For the past cou­ple of days since the op­er­a­tion started, the feed­back I have been get­ting from that place is that yes, they are happy.

“Some of them were ac­tu­ally afraid even be­fore the op­er­a­tion started not of our troops but of the peo­ple that were ac­tu­ally get­ting them to fight, peo­ple that were ac­tu­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing them. But now, they have a lot of re­lief.

“We have our sources of in­for­ma­tion as in­for­ma­tion out­fits of the armed forces. We also get in­for­ma­tion from the gen­eral public us­ing our own sources as a form of checks and bal­ances,” he added.

He said the armed forces of Nige­ria were not alarmed by wor­ries of an in­creas­ing mil­i­ta­riza­tion of the coun­try.

”Other coun­tries passed through this, if you go into his­tory, be­fore get­ting to where they are as de­vel­oped coun­tries to­day. Like in China, you see one po­lice­man in­side a car, you hardly see a mil­i­tary man out­side and it de­pends on the de­vel­op­men­tal process and what you passed through.

“That’s why in sim­ple terms, I will tell you that we are not alarmed at all. For ex­am­ple, in the last terrorist at­tack in the UK, 24 hours af­ter the at­tack, the gov­ern­ment asked the mil­i­tary to take over the area.

”If the UK gov­ern­ment can tell the mil­i­tary to take over, to back up the po­lice, I think we are just about 100 years old of amal­ga­ma­tion and we about 57 years old, it’s not out of place,” he said.

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