FG Assures Nnamdi Kanu Will Have Fair Trial

 

FG Assures Nnamdi Kanu of Fair Trial - The Crest

Yemisi Izuora

The Federal Government has promised to give fair trial to Nnamdi Kanu.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed gave the assurances while briefing the media on how he was rearrested.

The Minister revealed that his rearrest and repatriation Nigeria was made possible through the collaboration of Nigerian security and intelligence agencies.

He said Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason,treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country.

He was however, re-arraigned Tuesday, in court and ordered to be remanded in the custody of the DSS, while the case was adjourned till July 26-27, 2021

Mohammed, commended the Nigerian security and intelligence agencies, who collaborated to re-arrest the proscribed IPOB leader in one of the most classic operations of its type in the world. “We commend the professionalism, diligence, patriotism and painstaking efforts of our security and intelligence agencies. We also thank the sister international agencies that collaborated with us to pull off this arrest.”

Speaking about Kanu’s lifestyle, Mohammed said, “It will interest Nigerians to know that for over two years, our security and intelligence agencies were on the trail of the proscribed IPOB leader as he lived a five-star life across several countries, travelling on chartered private jets, living in luxury apartments and turning out in designing clothes and shoes.

Of course, as we all saw, he was wearing an attire made by Fendi, a luxury Italian fashion brand, when he was arrested.”

The Minister further that the forensic investigation carried out so far on him has revealed a treasure trove of information on the proscribed IPOB leader and his collaborators.

“While the investigation continues, we assure you that none of the collaborators, irrespective of their standing in the society, will be spared. They will all face the full wrath of the law for their activities that challenge our nation’ssovereignty and threaten its unity. No one, no matter how highly placed, is bigger than the country.” he stated.

On his ongoing trial, the Minister said, “It is interesting that many are suddenly calling for a fair trial for Kanu as if he didn’t get one before he decided to jump bail and flee. However, I can assure you that the fair deal that Kanu denied many of the victims of the violence which he willfully instigated through his broadcasts and tweets will not be denied him.”

On how he was rearrested, the Minister said, “There have been speculations on how this re-arrest was pulled off and in which country the hitherto fugitive leader of the proscribed IPOB was nabbed. What we can tell you, once again, is that the re-arrest was made possible by the diligent efforts of our security and intelligence agencies, in collaboration with countries with which we have obligations. We continue to respect and honour the obligations.”

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