Still in the euphoria of a successful extradition, the Federal Government has promised a fair trial of the self-styled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and fugitive, Nnamdi Kanu just as it vowed to deal with his collaborators.
The government said anyone no matter how highly placed, who collaborated with the Biafran leader to launch assaults on Nigeria would not be spared.
“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,”
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, said at a media briefing in Lagos on Thursday.
Persecondnews reports that Kanu is facing an 11-count charge bordering on treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms charge at a Federal High Court, Abuja.
After his arraignment on Tuesday, Kanu has been ordered to be remanded in DSS custody by the court.
On where and how he was extradited, the minister declined to give details.
“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 attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested.
“The Federal Government wishes to commend the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies, which collaborated to re-arrest the proscribed IPOB leader in one of the most classic operations of its type in the world.
“We commend the professionalism, diligence, patriotism and painstaking efforts of our security and intelligence agencies.
“We also thank the sister international agencies that collaborated with us to pull off this arrest.
“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 wilfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him,” Mohammed said in a press briefing text emailed to Persecondnews.
Mohammed stressed:“Finally, there have been speculations on how this re-arrest was pulled off and in which country the hitherto fugitive leader of the proscribed IPOB 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 continue to respect and honour the obligations.”