Desist from backing Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, Nigerian govt warns foreign nations


The Nigerian authorities Friday known as on foreign nations allegedly supporting Nnamdi Kanu, and his proscribed Indigenous Of us of Biafra (IPOB), to desist.

The Lawyer-Total of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, acknowledged such nations had been supporting the “subversive” activities of Mr Kanu, and IPOB, despite the designation of the neighborhood as a terrorist organisation in Nigeria.

Mr Malami addressed journalists at his office in Abuja barely 24 hours after Mr Kanu turned into, on Thursday, made out of custody for re-arraignment at the Federal High Court in Abuja on seven costs linked to treasonable legal and terrorism.

His tackle centred on the record of investigations utilized by a 24-member Presidential Advert-hoc Committee, inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari, following Mr Kanu’s rearrest out of doorways Nigeria in June.

The committee led by Mr Malami linked varied “destructive activities” including killings of notorious persons and 175 security brokers, destruction of about 164 police stations and formations, among other violent crimes to IPOB and its armed wing, the Jap Security Community (ESN).

Abubakar Malami [Source - The Guardian, Nigeria]
Abubakar Malami [Source – The Guardian, Nigeria]

“The perilous activities of IPOB/ESN pose serious risk to Nigeria’s nationwide security and its corporate existence, which resulted into re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu and contributors of his neighborhood,” Mr Malami acknowledged.

“We like also established that Kanu is now not on my own in his subversive activities.

“He has accomplices in Nigeria and in a foreign country, contributors and groups as well to express and non-express actors who are helping and facilitating his campaign in opposition to the opposite folks and express of Nigeria.

“One of the most express actors aided Kanu, even as a fugitive, in his destructive mission, ignoring the terrorist nature of his activities.

“We call on these countries to desist from helping subversive acts by KANU and IPOB in opposition to the express of Nigeria and its other folks.”

The suited did now not name the countries he turned into referring to.

However the United Kingdom and the US of The US are among critical nations that like resisted calls by the Nigerian authorities to designate IPOB as a terrorist organisation because it turned into proscribed in Nigeria in September 2017.

‘Sterling nations’

Mr Malami also acknowledged there are “good” nations that like either banned the activities of IPOB or positioned Mr Kanu on ‘Pause Checklist’.

“Conversely, there are some good countries which, recognising the attach of IPOB as a terrorist organisation, like either banned the activities of IPOB or positioned Kanu on Pause Checklist.

“To those peace-loving countries that like build Kanu on their Pause Lists and banned IPOB from working in their territories, we explicit our appreciation,” Mr Malami acknowledged.

File photograph of IPOB contributors indicate[Photo credit: NAN]
File photograph of IPOB contributors indicate[Photo credit: NAN]

Kanu, IPOB

Mr Kanu turned into first arrested in October 2015 concerning his separatist activities the spend of IPOB to galvanise an agitation for the carving out of the Igbo-dominated South-east discipline and half of the South-south as an just Republic of Biafra.

He turned into charged with treasonable legal sooner than the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Mr Kanu, who turned into granted bail in April 2017, fled the country in September of the the same twelve months – a construction that coincided with the invasion of his dwelling by troopers in Afara-Ukwu advance Umuahia in Abia Notify.

In that same month, the Nigerian authorities designated IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

Both the UK and the U.S. like resisted calls by the Nigerian authorities designate IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

The Nigerian authorities has, on a resolution of events, fumed over the ‘gentle attach’ the UK allegedly has for Mr Kanu, who has twin citizenship within the UK and Nigeria.

Mr Malami acknowledged on Friday that despite the proscription of IPOB “Nnamdi Kanu persevered the subversive campaign, instigating and inciting proclaims to command contributors of the IPOB to launch assaults on authorities.”

He added that the #EndSARS anti-police brutality protests of October 2020 “played into the unsuitable plans of Nnamdi Kanu, whereby he seized the protests by subversive and inciting online proclaims and actively commanded and directed assaults on security personnel and amenities.”

“As a outcomes of these proclaims, contributors of IPOB attacked and killed security personnel and burnt down police stations, correctional amenities, INEC areas of work, bus terminals, the Palace of Oba of Lagos, banks, hospitals, browsing department outlets and vehicles, amongst others.”

In June, Mr Malami announced the re-arrest of Mr Kanu, with out disclosing how and the attach.

He did now not give the details in his tackle on Friday.

Mr Kanu who turned into remanded within the custody of the Notify Security Carrier (SSS) turned into re-arraigned on seven counts of terrorism and treasonable legal.

He pleaded now not guilty and court cases had been adjourned except November.

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