Daily Trust

Presidency hails Kanu’s re-arrest, raid on Igboho’s home

- By Muideen Olaniyi

The Presidency yesterday commended the security agencies for their collaborat­ion in the operations that led to the arrest of the leader of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, accusing him of inflicting pain and hardship on Nigerians.

A presidenti­al spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, also justified the raid on the home of the self-acclaimed Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho, whom he described as a militant ethnic secessioni­st

He said: “The subversive leader of the proscribed IPOB, a group known for its murderous actions and virulent messaging, was detained as a result of cross-border cooperatio­n.

“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.

“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 have 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’s known to have publicly expressed, have over time morphed into very hateful and vile laden speeches. It must be highlighte­d that the government respects the 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.”

He said President Buhari’s directives to security services regarding anyone seen to be carrying arms, particular­ly AK-47 were clear and required no further illuminati­on.

“The successes of our security agencies must be commended as they have demonstrat­ed significan­t deftness, guile and secrecy in carrying out these missions. This level of profession­alism must be sustained and brought to bear as we focus on extracting from our society those who have found a new trade-in targeting students, rural dwellers and our citizens in the North-West. The nation recognises their efforts and sacrifice.”

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