The Presidency has commended security agencies for successfully apprehending those individuals who had inflicted pain and hardships on innocent citizens.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made the commendation in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shehu was reacting to the recent re-arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and the raiding of Sunday Igboho’s residential quarters in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Igboho is the self-acclaimed leader of those agitating for a Yoruba nation in the South-West zone of the country.
The presidential aide noted with concern that violence inspired by IPOB had led to hundreds of fatalities, particularly targeted at government assets and law enforcement agents.
The statement read in part: ”Last week, we saw the enhanced collaboration of the Nigerian Law Enforcement Agencies, as they executed with great synchronization arrests of individuals who had inflicted pain and hardships on fellow citizens.
”The subversive leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a group known for its murderous actions and virulent messaging was detained as a result of cross-border cooperation.
”This international operation was executed in a closely coordinated fashion following which he was handed over to our National Intelligence Agency, and then returned to Nigeria to face the Law.
”The violence inspired by IPOB has led to hundreds of fatalities, particularly targeted at Government assets and Law Enforcement Agents.
”Additionally, there have been at last count 55 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.
”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 been returned to our communities who previously lived in constant fear of these misguided elements.”
Shehu also saluted the efforts of officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) who raided the ”the residence of a militant ethnic secessionist, Sunday Igboho.
According to him, Igbho has been conducting acts of terror and disturbing the peace under the guise of protecting fellow “kinsmen”.
”His 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.x
”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,” he added.
The presidential spokesman also maintained that the president’s directives to security agencies regarding anyone seen to be carrying arms, particularly AK-47 were clear and required no further illumination.
According to him, 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.
He said: ”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.”