No longer supporting Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, Nigerian government warns foreign countries
The Nigerian government on Friday called on foreign countries that support Nnamdi Kanu and his Outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to back down.
Federation Attorney General Abubakar Malami said these nations support the “subversive” activities of Mr. Kanu and the IPOB, despite the group’s designation as a terrorist organization in Nigeria.
Mr. Malami spoke to reporters in his Abuja office just 24 hours after Mr. Kanu was released from custody on Thursday to be re-arrested in the Federal High Court in Abuja on seven charges. accusation related to treason and terrorism.
His address centered on the report of investigations carried out by an ad hoc 24-member presidential committee, inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, following Mr. Kanu’s re-arrest outside Nigeria in June.
The committee headed by Mr. Malami linked various “destructive activities”, including the killings of prominent figures and 175 security officers, the destruction of around 164 police stations and formations, among other violent crimes, to IPOB and its armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
“The destructive activities of IPOB / ESN pose a serious threat to Nigeria’s national security and its corporate existence, which has resulted in the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and members of his group,” said Mr. Malami.
“We have also established that Kanu is not alone in his subversive activities.
“He has accomplices in Nigeria and abroad, individuals and groups as well as state and non-state actors who are assisting and facilitating his campaign against the people and the state of Nigeria.
“Some of the state actors have helped Kanu, even as a fugitive, in his destructive mission, ignoring the terrorist nature of his activities.
“We call on these countries to stop aiding the subversive acts of KANU and IPOB against the State of Nigeria and its people. “
The official did not name the countries he was referring to.
But the UK and the United States of America are among the notable countries that have resisted Nigerian government calls to designate IPOB as a terrorist organization since its ban in Nigeria in September 2017.
Mr. Malami also said that there are “friendly” nations that have either banned IPOB activities or placed Mr. Kanu on the “Stop List”.
“Conversely, there are friendly countries which, recognizing IPOB’s status as a terrorist organization, have either banned IPOB’s activities or placed Kanu on the arrest list.
“To those peace-loving countries that have put Kanu on their stop lists and banned IPOB from operating in their territories, we express our gratitude,” Malami said.
Mr. Kanu was first arrested in October 2015 due to his separatist activities using IPOB to galvanize unrest for the partitioning of the Igbo-dominated southeast region and part of the south-south as as independent republic of Biafra.
He was charged with the crime of treason in the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Mr. Kanu, who was released on bail in April 2017, fled the country in September of the same year – a development that coincided with the invasion of his home by soldiers in Afara-Ukwu near Umuahia in the ‘State of Abia.
The same month, the Nigerian government designated IPOB as a terrorist organization.
The UK and US have resisted calls from the Nigerian government to designate IPOB as a terrorist organization.
The Nigerian government has on several occasions got annoyed at the “weak” the UK would have for Mr. Kanu, who has dual citizenship in the UK and Nigeria.
Mr. Malami said on Friday that despite the IPOB ban, “Nnamdi Kanu continued the subversive campaign, inciting and instigating programs to order IPOB members to launch attacks on the government.”
He added that the October 2020 #EndSARS police brutality protests “played into the sinister plans of Nnamdi Kanu, that he seized the protests through subversive and inciting online broadcasts and actively ordered and directed attacks against security personnel and facilities “.
“Following these broadcasts, members of the IPOB attacked and killed security agents and set fire to police stations, correctional centers, INEC offices, bus stations, Oba’s palace in Lagos, banks, hospitals, shopping centers and vehicles, among others. “
In June, Mr. Malami announced Mr. Kanu’s new arrest, without revealing how and where.
He did not give details in his speech on Friday.
Mr. Kanu, remanded in custody by the State Security Service (SSS), was again brought to justice on seven counts of terrorism and treason.
He pleaded not guilty and the proceedings were adjourned until November.
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