The Federal Government says security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of the leader of te Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) , Nnamdi Kanu for over two years before he was re-arrested last Sunday.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a press conference on the re-arrest of the IPOB leader held in Abuja on Thursday.
The Minister also said prior to his arrest, Kanu was living “a five-star life across several countries.”
“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.”
“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,” Lai Mohammed said.
Mohammed described the re-arrest and repatriation as “one of the most classic operations of its type in the world.” However, he did not comment on how and where the IPOB leader was nabbed.
“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 will continue to respect and honour the obligations,’’ he said.
Mohammed vowed that Kanu will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“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.
“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,” the minister added.