The Presidency has on Tuesday commended security agencies on the recent clampdown on secessionist agitators Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, and Sunday “Igboho” Adeyemo, a Yoruba activist and major proponent of the Yoruba Nation movement.
According to a statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the two separatists “had inflicted pain and hardships on fellow citizens”.
He said Kanu, who was re-arrested and re-arraigned last week for terrorism-related charges, was captured as a result of “cross-border cooperation” and “international operation”, adding that the IPOB leader would “face the law”.
The statement partly read, “The Government had long been monitoring the activities of IPOB and had strong cause to believe that their funding sources include proceeds of suspected illicit criminal activities. By this singular action of our Security Forces, sanity, calm and peace has (sic) been returned to our communities who previously lived in constant fear of these misguided elements.
“In furtherance of continued diligent work, the State Security Service on Thursday, 1st July raided the residence of a militant ethnic Secessionist, who has also been conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow ‘kinsmen’.
“His (Igboho) seditious utterances and antics, which he is known to have publicly expressed, have over time morphed into very hateful and vile laden speeches. It must be highlighted that the government respects fundamental rights of citizens to express their views and recognizes this as a democratic tenet. However, any attempt to build an Armoury 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.
“The successes of our Security Agencies must be commended as they have demonstrated significant deftness, guile and secrecy in carrying out these missions. This level of professionalism must be sustained and brought to bear as we focus on extracting from our society those who have found a new trade-in targeting students, rural dwellers and our citizens in the North-West. The nation recognizes their efforts and sacrifice.”
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Recall that last week, arrest attempts were made on the two activists, of which one was successful. Nnamdi Kanu was apprehended by the Federal Government after he had embarked on a four-year-long self-exile. Kanu, who had broken the conditions of his bail, was extradited to Nigeria and has been remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) pending his trial on July 26.
On Thursday last week, Igbohos residential home in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, was raided by DSS officials. According to the DSS, the federal agency had obtained intel that Igboho was stockpiling arms and planning a violent insurrection. A bloody crossfire at the residence led to the death of two of Igboho’s men and the injury of one security operative. Igboho, who had managed to escape arrest on the day, has been declared wanted and is currently on the run. The DSS had paraded suspects apprehended from his home, along with weapons and charms allegedly seized from the premises of the Yoruba businessman.