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30 Sep 2017

Is Nnamdi Kanu in the Custody of Nigerian Military? Defense HQ Finally Speaks on 'Abduction' of the IPOB Leader

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is not in military custody.
The Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche

While speaking during an interaction with journalists in Abuja on Friday, Nigerian Defence Headquarters' spokesperson, John Enenche, revealed that neither the military nor any security agency can be held responsible for the missing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The IPOB leader was last seen on September 14 when clashes occurred between members of his group and soldiers on an army exercise “Operation Python Dance” in Abia State, and since then, the army had kept a dignified silence over the location of the IPOB boss despite allegations by his lawyer that the army knew his whereabouts or may have killed him.

Major General Enenche during the chat, also denied allegations that the military raided the home of Nnamdi Kanu in Abia State.

He said; “I watched the operations live. I also got first-hand information from our men on the ground. For the records, Nnamdi Kanu was never taken away by the military.”

Speaking on the alleged "abduction" of Kanu by the military, the Army spokesperson said:

“It is not the responsibility of DHQ to declare Nnamdi Kanu wanted. Nnamdi Kanu is not in the custody of the military. Nobody raided Kanu’s home and I stand to be justified not from the information I got. I was watching it live, was monitoring it live, speaking with them on the ground. I think I later confirmed that there was nothing to actually justify the legality of IPOB members mounting roadblocks.

"I saw the militancy, nobody told me and I saw the actions there. We are still investigating. The military did not proscribe IPOB. Due process was followed to proscribe them. The job of the military was to diagnose security issues and warned the public of consequences and that is part of our media operations.

"We did our operations very well otherwise that weekend would have been the longest weekend in this country and we are also very careful in choosing our words and we know the law very well.” he said

Reacting to the Army spokespersons statement that Kanu is not in their custody, counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejioffor, insisted that their leader is with the military and that they must produce him.

“We are not moved by the press statement. The military doesn’t need to issue press statement, it is better to come to court and say so. Let them come and tell Nigerians where they kept Kanu. They are the ones that raided his house. Nigerians know the truth,” Ejioffor said.

Nnamdi Kanu who is currently facing trial for alleged treason is due to appear in court on October 17 for the continuation of his trail.

The IPOB leader’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in an application filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, has asked the court to compel the army to produce Kanu in court.

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