Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commended the collaboration between security agencies on the operations against Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said they executed the operations with great synchronization with arrests of individuals who had inflicted pain and hardships on fellow citizens.
Shehu noted that Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leaders are known for murderous actions and virulent messaging.
He confirmed the “international operation” against Kanu resulted in his hand over to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and then repatriation despite persistent denials from the Kenyan Government that the country knew nothing about the abduction for which Nigeria was alleged to have paid $1b to the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta for the operation.
Shehu said the violence inspired by IPOB has led to hundreds of fatalities, particularly targeted at Government assets and Law Enforcement Agents.
“There have been at last count, fifty separate violent attacks, heavily concentrated in the South-East, which heaped further hardship on our honest and hardworking citizens, preventing them from earning their livelihood and going about their normal lives.”
Shehu confirmed that the government had been monitoring the activities of IPOB and had strong cause to believe that their funding sources include proceeds of suspected illicit criminal activities.
Buhari also hailed the raid of the residence of Igboho, “who has also been conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow kinsmen”.
Shehu added that his seditious utterances and antics, publicly expressed, have overtime morphed into very hateful and vile laden speeches.
The government respects fundamental rights of citizens to express their views and recognizes this as a democratic tenet, he stressed.
“However, any attempt to build an armory coupled with plans either subtle or expressed to undermine our unity as a nation will not be condoned.
“Mr. President’s directives to Security Services regarding anyone seen to be carrying arms, particularly AK-47 are clear and require no further illumination.
“Assault weapons are not tools of peace loving people and as such, regardless of who they are and where they are from, the Security Agencies should treat them all the same.”
Shehu said the successes of our security agencies must be commended as they have demonstrated significant deftness, guile and secrecy in carrying out these missions.
Shehu Garba’s statement did not however touch Bandits from confirmed foreign countries like Niger Republic and Mali who carry deadly weapons like Ak 47 live before security agents severally and were not arrested.