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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Police claims lethal weapons were recovered from Nnamdi Kanu’s residence during raid

The Nigerian police has claimed that lethal weapons, including petrol bombs and one double-barrel gun, were recovered during a raid on Nnamdi Kanu's residence.

The Commissioner of Police in Abia, Anthony Ogbizi said the raid on the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), carried out last Sunday was based on an intelligence report, regarding the continued activities of some members of the group.

Ogbizi said this on Thursday during an interaction with newsmen in Umuahia, adding that the items were recovered during a joint operation by security personnel in the state.

The claim is coming days after IPOB said Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force looted Kanu’s family house during raid.

According NAN, Ogbizi claimed that petrol bombs were found in buckets and incriminating documents and letters, concerning IPOB’s activities and plans, were also recovered during the raid.

“We recovered many of Biafra’s insignia, staff of office and some of those items are being analysed,” Ogbizi said.

The operation also led to the arrest of one suspected member of IPOB.

He said that the team also discovered the telephone numbers of the group’s zonal coordinators, adding that all the communications between the leadership of the group and their collaborators would be thoroughly analysed.

The police will ask the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to sanction any telecommunication company that allowed its mast to be used to hoist Biafran flags.

He said that the activities of IPOB in the Southeast were “stirring insurrection”.

The police chief said that similar joint operations would be carried out intermittently in Kanu’s residence, anytime they received intelligence report that offensive weapons were brought to the place.

He said that it was wrong to say that the military was taking over the duties of the police rather the action should be seen as a synergy between the two organisations to check security challenges.

Ogbizi said that he would not hesitate to invite the army anytime the security situation in the state grew beyond the capacity of the police.



Meanwhile, Nigerian Governnent has formally informed the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, UK, and other foreign countries of its decision to declare IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

An Abuja Federal High Court in Abuja had, on August 20, proscribed IPOB, following a motion filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The court had also ordered that the proscription be published in the Federal Government’s gazette which was done.

Against this backdrop, both the US and UK had faulted the declaration, insisting that the group was not a terrorist organisation.

Speaking with Punch, on Wednesday, Malami said some foreign countries have been duly notified.

Malami disclosed that the Federal Government would be seeking a Mutual Legal Assistance from the foreign governments to stop those funding the group and deal with IPOB members as terrorists.

The report said Federal Ministry of Justice, through its Central Authority Unit, had sent separate letters to all the foreign missions operating in Nigeria.

According to Malami, “Just think of any embassy you know is operating in Nigeria, they have all been served.

“All we did was to send copies of the gazettes attached to the cover letters to notify them of the status of IPOB as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“Although the proscription widely reported in newspapers, has been published in the Federal Government’s gazette and advertised in newspapers as ordered by the court, we had to formalise it by notifying our foreign friends, I mean the foreign governments, which have embassies in Nigeria; and that was exactly what we did by sending copies of the gazette to them.”

Also Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has said he has no knowledge about the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu and his father had disappeared after soldiers allegedly attacked his residence in Abia State.

 IPOB had filed a suit, seeking a court order asking the Nigerian Army to produce Nnamdi Kanu.

While speaking during an interview in Abuja on Thursday, the governor said he has no affinity whatsoever with Kanu and could not have known is whereabouts.

He said: “I don’t think that is a fair question. I don’t have the capacity to determine where Kanu is. I have never visited him. I have never called him on phone and he has never taken me into confidence as to what he does, where he goes.

“So, those who are close to him would answer. I don’t have the capacity to monitor him and know where he is, maybe Journalists through investigative journalism will know.”

    Ikpeazu said that the people of south-east had more faith in the Nigerian project than any other geopolitical zone of the country.

He said, “Fundamentally speaking, I think that if the question we ask in this country today about whether there are inequalities, whether there are gaps or there are people who don’t feel that they have been fairly treated either as an individual or as a family or as a geopolitical zone, the answer is yes.

“There is agitation in the northeast, there is an agitation in the south-west, of course there is agitation in the south east but I dare say that there is no other ethnic group in this country that has as much faith in the Nigeria as a country, one united country than the people of the south east, that is why they are in Sambisa.

“You can count how many big businesses belonging to the south westerners that are in Aba. You can count how many big businesses belonging to the people from the north east, north west, north central that you can find in Owerri. You cannot find a four storey building belonging to somebody from the north east anywhere in the south east.

“But if you go to Kano, you don’t count three hotels before you count that of somebody from the south east. What it means is that we are the people that have demonstrated faith in the united Nigeria.




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