Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security agencies in the country to arrest Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB “by any means necessary”, an inside source tells The Trent.
According to multiple news sources, the security agencies, acting on the direct instructions of President Muhammadu Buhari, have begin an intense manhunt for Kanu, whose whereabouts is unknown following the violent army invasion of his country home in Abia State last week.
The leading agencies obeying this presidential instruction are the Nigerian Army and the State Security Services, SSS, also known as DSS who are reportedly on a “dead or alive” arrest order.
According to a senior official working in security circuit of the country, “the president is desperate to deal with Nnamdi Kanu for personal insults the pro-Biafra agitator is said to have made in his internet radio broadcasts”.
The source, who didn’t wish to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, said that the president’s order to arrest Nnamdi Kanu “dead or alive” was issued two week ago.
However, due to concerns about the international human rights community, the security agencies decided to come up with a strategy to create the “right atmosphere” to arrest the self-determination leader who is currently on bail granted him by a federal high court.
The violent activities leading up to the formal launch of a Nigerian Army operation – Python Dance II – in the South East of Nigeria, is one of the moves in the direction of carrying out President Buhari’s wishes, the source revealed.
“The move on Friday to declare IPOB a terrorist organisation is also a step to enable security agencies arrest Nnamdi Kanu and keep him locked up indefinitely,” the source said. “That is, if they don’t kill him under the guise of ‘resisting arrest’.
“The government knows that there will be an international outcry if they just swoop on the Biafra champion, so they have to first create the notion that IPOB is committing violent crimes or acquiring weapons.
“The Nigerian Army and DSS have infiltrated the IPOB organisation, so if these allegations of weapons acquisition as stated by the Nigerian military is true, they would have provided evidence.
“In fact, this whole IPOB dustup in the country in the past one week is an artificial creation by the security agencies in order to carry out the president’s “dead or alive” arrest order,” the source maintained.
“Troops have been given a firm order to fish out and arrest the IPOB leader. As a prelude to it, the Defence Headquarters on Friday declared IPOB as a terrorist organisation,” a source told Daily Post.
“Intelligence has, however, revealed that Kanu might have gone underground. As I speak with you, troops have actually searched his house and he was not found there. Troops have a mandate to arrest him wherever he might be.”
Also, the government is sponsoring reports that Nnamdi Kanu has foreign support to create an armed insurgency against the Nigerian government. The reports allude to a meeting with was widely shared on YouTube and other online platforms showing a Turkish man expressing support for the pro-Biafra leader.
”We are looking into the allegations of foreign support for Kanu. We are doing a profiling of his foreign contacts. We have some clues but we need to dig deeper,” a source is quoted as saying.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has issued a statement rejecting the “terrorist militant organisation” tag by the Nigerian military. In an e-mailed statement to The Trent on Saturday, the group said that it was a globally recognised advocacy group and that Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako of the Federal High Court has given a court judgement saying that IPOB is not an unlawful society.
IPOB also reiterated its non-violent stance in pushing for a United Nations supervised referendum to determine the future of Biafra Republic.
The Nigerian military branded IPOB a terrorist group as tensions rise in the country over Python Dance II. The The military says it wants to rid the South East of militants and kidnappers. Activists say that this operation is a cover for a premeditated genocide against the people of the South East.
Python Dance II, has triggered widespread ethnic tension and mass hysteria in the country. Skirmishes have spilled over from the South East to Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the South South and Jos, Plateau State in the North Central.
Several Igbo groups, have been agitating for the independence of Biafra, a defunct country which broke away from Nigeria in the 60s.