Buhari Govt Discloses Names Of Those Nnamdi Kanu Killed While in Abroad

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Nnamdi Kanu

Federal  has revealed the identities of those  murdered while abroad.

 

The federal yesterday blamed the murder of Chike Akunyili, the husband of the late Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Prof. Dora Akunyili, on the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), , who is on trial for treason.

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The government also claimed to have discovered a link between Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba nation agitator, and Surajo Muhammad, a Boko Haram financier who is currently imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates on terrorism-related charges.

 

These allegations were made by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), while unveiling the findings of a Presidential Committee set up to investigate Kanu and Ighoho yesterday.

 

Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Information, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency, and the Defence Intelligence Agency were among the members of the 24-member committee led by Malami.

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Kanu was also accused by the government of being responsible for the murders of Ahmad Gulak, a former Presidential Aide, and over 177 others in the South-East.

 

 

 

According to the committee, members of IPOB and the Eastern Security Network carried out massive attacks on democratic institutions, particularly facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “with a view to hampering the democratic process in Nigeria,” as a result of Kanu’s instigating directives.

 

The attacks, which took place between October 2020 and June 2021, claimed the lives of 175 security personnel, according to the report.

“Acting on Nnamdi Kanu’s instigating directives, IPOB members and #EndSARS protesters attacked and killed many security agents, destroyed several public and private properties, including police stations, public transportation buses, and other facilities across the country,” according to the report.

“That on October 21, 2020, Nnamdi Kanu further instigated IPOB members to burn down all police stations and kill government security forces through an online call-in radio programme (Radio Biafra), which was carried out, with security personnel (especially police officers) killed and public and private property destroyed.”

IPOB/ESN killed 175 security personnel, including 128 police officers, 37 military personnel, and 10 other security operatives.

“There have been gruesome killings of traditional leaders recently, including Obi 1 of Okwudor autonomous community, Eze E. AnayochukwuDurueburuo and Eze Sampson Osunwa of Ihebineowerre autonomous community, as well as the murders of Dr. Chike Akunyili and eight others, as well as the murder of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak on May 30, 2021.”

 

The committee discovered that 19 attacks on INEC facilities in Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Imo states occurred as a result of Nnamdi Kanu’s broadcasts, resulting in the destruction of offices and the burning of 18 INEC logistical vehicles, election materials, equipment, and ICT gadgets.

 

 

According to the Presidential Committee, IPOB/ESN attacked 164 police stations and formations, including the Owerri Police Headquarters, resulting in the deaths of 128 officers, 144 injuries, and the destruction of 628 vehicles.
During the IPOB/ESN attacks, it was reported that 396 firearms and 17,738 rounds of ammunition were taken.

The report stated, “That there were three IPOB/ESN attacks on the Nigerian Correctional Service, including the Headquarters of NCoS, Owerri, Imo State, where 1,841 inmates escaped; that the Headquarters of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Umuahia, Abia State, was also attacked by IPOB/ESN, resulting in the death of one officer.”

 

Boko Haram’s Sponsor is linked to Igboho

The Committee also claimed to have discovered a link between Igboho and Surajo Muhammad, the convicted Boko Haram leader.
According to the government, Igboho received N127 million from several financiers between 2013 and 2020, including a federal lawmaker. The government declined to reveal the lawmaker’s identity.

“The report revealed that Sunday Igboho is a Director and signatory to Adesun International Concept Limited, which was established on April 23, 2010,” Malami said. Oladele Oyetunji and Aderopo Adeyemo are also directors at Adesun International Concept Limited. Sunday Igboho is linked to 43 bank accounts across nine different financial institutions.

“A federal lawmaker in the National Assembly was identified as the main financier of the fugitive and separatists.” Igboho received a total of N127,145,000 from his financiers through his Adesun International Concept Ltd accounts between October 22, 2013 and September 28, 2020. Between March 15, 2013, and March 11, 2021, there were a total of N273,198,200 transaction outflows from Sunday Igboho’s account. According to the investigation, Abbal Bako & Sons received N12,750,000 from Adesun International Concept Ltd (which belongs to Igboho).”

Abbal Bako and Sons, as well as their promoter Abdullahi Usman, are “suspects” in the Joint Terrorist Financing Investigation, according to the AGF.
“Abdullahi Usman is linked to Surajo Abubakar Muhammad (who was sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates for financing terrorism) through a financial transaction” (Boko Haram). “This report demonstrates the link between separatist agitation, terrorism funding, and disruptions of the country’s peace,” Malami said.
Malami stated that the federal government “remains steadfast” in its desire for a peaceful Nigeria after receiving the reports.

“Within the confines of the law,” he said, “the federal government will do what is necessary to ensure that the matter receives the due attention it deserves and that those found guilty face the full force of the law.”

Buhari: FG May Pardon Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 Others

The killing of Ogoni activist and renowned playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others (Ogoni 9) in November, 1995 during the Abacha administration reechoed yesterday as President Buhari disclosed that the federal government might consider granting pardon to the Ogoni 9 as part of moves to genuinely integrate the Ogoni people.

This is just as President Buhari urged Ogoni leaders to sensitise their people on why they must value protection of pipelines and national assets in their area.

The President spoke while playing host to Ogoni leaders, led by Gbenemene Tai and President of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, His Majesty King Godwin N.K. Giniwa at the State House, Abuja.

President Buhari said: “We are committed to ensuring clemency and national integration as part of this Administration’s bid to lay the foundation for genuine reconciliation and bring closure to the issues of Ogoni Land.

“The unfortunate incidents of the early 1990s leading to the loss of lives of distinguished sons of Ogoni Land and the collateral judicial processes are indelible in our memories.

“Despite the grievous circumstances, the federal government will consider the request for the grant of pardon to finally close the Ogoni saga.”

Recall that Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were accused of killing four fellow Ogonis, leading to their arrest and trial by a military tribunal which found them guilty and accordingly sentenced them to death by hanging.

Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight others namely Saturday Dobee, NorduEawo, Daniel Gbooko, Paul Levera, Felix Nuate, BariborBera, BarinemKiobel, and John Kpuine, were executed by hanging on November 10, 1995 and buried in Port Harcourt Cemetery in Rivers State capital.

He said the government would bring to a close all pending issues on sons of Ogoni Land.

“Your Royal Highnesses, distinguished representatives of the people of Ogoni Land, I note the need to ensure completion of segment of the East-West road traversing Ogoni Land, and steps will be taken to ensure delivery under the Infrastructure Development Fund as earlier conceived. We intend to complete this vital artery of Nigeria.”

The President noted that the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd (NPDC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had been granted license to operate OML11, which will stimulate economic activities and integration in the zone.

“Accordingly, NNPC is hereby directed to engage all host communities, particularly Ogoni people to ensure inclusive processing of oil and gas, anchored on optimum involvement of host communities. NPDC will lay a broad-based programme for the emergence of a new Ogoni Land for the benefit of the Ogoni people and Nigeria as a whole,” Buhari added.

Earlier in his remarks, King Godwin N.K. Giniwa, thanked President Buhari for various interventions in the area, particularly on clean-up of the environment.

The paramount ruler noted that the people believe in the unity of Nigeria and the future of every group could only be guaranteed in one nation.

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